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The Long and Faraway Gone: A Novel by [Lou Berney]
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Editorial Reviews


The Long and Faraway Gone is that rare literary gem-a dark, quintessentially cool noir novel that is both deeply poignant, and very hip, hilarious, and entertaining as it is wrenching, beautiful, and ultimately redemptive.

-- "Huffington Post"

Berney takes you places you're not sure you want to go and brings you out again with a sure hand. It's a satisfyingly complete deep-dive into a complicated history, with not only suspense but a compelling resolution.

-- "Carrie La Seur, author of The Home Place"

Berney's novel is most truly a thoughtful exploration of memory and what it means to be a survivor. Elegiac and wistful, it is a lyrical mystery...with a deep, wounded heart. Read it.

-- "Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"

Edgar Award finalist Berney will raise a lump in the throats of many of his readers with this sorrowful account of two people's efforts to come to terms with devastating trauma...The leads' struggles are portrayed with painful complexity, and Berney, fittingly, avoids easy answers.

-- "Publishers Weekly (starred review)"

Focused, very insightfully, on love, loss, and memory...fully realized creations that readers won't soon forget. A genuinely memorable novel of ideas.

-- "Booklist (starred review)"

Multi-faceted, layered, intense, alive-if you read only one crime novel this year, this should be the one.

-- "Sara J. Henry, Anthony Award-winning author of A Cold and Lonely Place"

The two key players in Lou Berney's superb regional mystery suffer from separate but equally crushing cases of survivor guilt...Berney tells both their stories with supreme sensitivity, exploring the 'landscape of memory' that keeps shifting beneath our feet, opening up the graves of all those ghosts we thought we'd buried.

-- "New York Times Book Review"

With sharp wit and prose that brings the 80s to life in all its stone-washed glory, Lou Berney tells a complex story of characters struggling to make sense of life...Affecting, funny, and unfailingly honest, The Long and Faraway Gone is an extraordinary book.

-- "M. P. Cooley, author of Ice Shear" --This text refers to the audioCD edition.

About the Author

Lou Berney is the author of two previous novels-Whiplash River, nominated for the Edgar Award; Gutshot Straight, a Barry Award nominee, and the collection The Road to Bobby Joe, and Other Stories. He is also a television and film screenwriter whose latest credit is Angels Sing, which debuted at SXSW, and stars Harry Connick Jr., Connie Britton, and Willie Nelson. His short fiction has appeared in the New Yorker, Ploughshares, and the Pushcart Prize Anthology, among other publications. He teaches writing at the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma City University, and lives in Oklahoma City.

Brian Hutchison is an Earphones Award-winning audiobook narrator and a professional theater actor who has appeared in numerous Broadway, off-Broadway, and regional plays.

Amy McFadden has narrated more than two hundred titles in many different genres. She is an AudioFile Earphones Award winner and has been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. She has acted on stage throughout Michigan for more than twenty years and in commercials and film for ten years. She is a founding member of Dog Story Theater in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

--This text refers to the audioCD edition.

Product details

  • Publication Date : February 10, 2015
  • File Size : 1499 KB
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Publisher : William Morrow Paperbacks (February 10, 2015)
  • Print Length : 467 pages
  • Language: : English
  • X-Ray : Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Lending : Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.3 out of 5 stars 801 ratings

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