Nominated by:

Oklahoma Department of Libraries, USA

Publisher of nominated edition:

William Morrow & Company, USA

The Long and Faraway Gone

Lou Berney      

2017 Longlist

In the summer of 1986, two tragedies rocked Oklahoma City. Six movie-theatre employees were killed in an armed robbery, while one inexplicably survived. Then, a teenage girl vanished from the annual State Fair. Neither crime was ever solved.

Twenty-five years later, the reverberations of those unsolved cases quietly echo through survivors’ lives. Wyatt’s latest inquiry takes him back to a past he’s tried to escape—and drags him deeper into the harrowing mystery of the movie house robbery that left six of his friends dead. Like Wyatt, Julianna struggles with the past—with the day her beautiful older sister Genevieve disappeared. When Julianna discovers that one of the original suspects has resurfaced, she’ll stop at nothing to find answers.

As Wyatt’s case becomes more complicated and dangerous, and Julianna seeks answers from a ghost, their obsessive quests not only stir memories of youth and first love, but also begin to illuminate dark secrets of the past. But will their shared passion and obsession heal them, or push them closer to the edge? Even if they find the truth, will it help them understand what happened, that long and faraway gone summer? Will it set them free—or ultimately destroy them?

(from publisher)

About the Author

Lou Berney is the author of two previous novels—Whiplash River, nominated for an Edgar Award, and Gutshot Straight, nominated for a Barry Award-as well as the collection The Road to Bobby Joe and Other Stories. A television and film screenwriter, he also teaches writing at the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma City University.

Librarian’s Comments

In this suspenseful thriller based on actual events, Berney introduces the reader to two unsolved criminal cases that shook Oklahoma City to its core. During the summer of 1986, six movie theatre employees were killed during and armed robbery attempt, and a teenage girl disappeared from the state fair. Now twenty-five years later, two individuals closely associated to the crimes attempt to unravel the dark secrets of the past.

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