Saturday, January 24, 2015

The Long and Faraway Gone – Coming Soon

Two and a half weeks until the official release, on Feb. 10, 2015, of my new novel, THE LONG AND FARAWAY GONE. Pre-publication trade reviews have been even better than I could have hoped for, with starred reviews from both Kirkus and Booklist.

From Kirkus: As suggested by the noir-ish title and tradition, 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 that focuses more on character development than on reaching the "big reveal." The novel smartly avoids being coy; there are answers to private detective Wyatt's case and answers to the mysteries from the past, but they reflect the truth of such moments; in the end, the answers are almost beside the point because the wondering, the questions, never really go away. But both characters do achieve their own kind of closure, and that allows the reader to also feel some comfort of fulfillment. A mystery with a deep, wounded heart. Read it.

From Booklist: Berney’s first two novels (Gutshot Straight, 2011; Whiplash River, 2012) were delightful, Elmore Leonard-style crime novels. This time he’s focused, very insightfully, on love, loss, and memory, and he astutely portrays the immediate and long-term psychological impact of the loss of the most important people in his characters’ young lives. Wyatt, Juli, Genevieve, and Wyatt’s dead coworkers are all fully realized creations that readers won’t soon forget. A genuinely memorable novel of ideas.

You can read a
summary of THE LONG AND FARAWAY GONE and an excerpt.


John Davis Frain said...

I don't know if you're an NCAA basketball fan, but it probably won't matter for this story.

1983. Jimmy Valvano coaches NC State to the unlikely championship. They shouldn't have won, of course, but somehow they kept winning and won the title. You're seen the moments after the victory, maybe. Valvano, who will later capture the country with his fight against cancer, is running across the court with his arms wide open. He's begging anyone to hug him. To hoist him. To celebrate with him. It's such a beautiful moment. A guy has so much to celebrate and the world would love to celebrate with him, but for that moment he can't find anyone to join him in his glory.

Fast forward to me for the past couple days. I finished Long and Faraway Gone. Holy fuckarolli, everyone else has to read this so they can understand how awesome is this story. I need to be able to talk to people and say, "what about this part?" "And this part?" "And oh, the ending!" "O'Malley? Noooooooooo. It crushed me. Why, O'Malley, why?"

My wife is halfway through Whiplash River (I'm not making this up) and I took it from her. Stop. Right now. You have to stop reading that and start Long & Faraway Gone. Someone I know has to read this right now so I can talk about it with them.

Well, as in all matters, my wife is smart enough not to listen to me and has gone on reading Whiplash. So I continue to run about like Jimmy Valvano. But there are certainly worse things in life.

Lou Berney said...

Wow, man. Thanks for this. I remember Jimmy V very well, by the way. Responses like are the reasons why writers write.