May the Road Rise Up to Meet You: A Novel

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Doubleday, 2012 - Fiction - 388 pages
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An engrossing, epic American drama told from four distinct perspectives, spanning the first major wave of Irish immigration to New York through the end of the Civil War.

Four unique voices; two parallel love stories; one sweeping novel rich in the history of nineteenth-century America. This remarkable debut draws from the great themes of literature—famine, war, love, and family—as it introduces four unforgettable characters. Ethan McOwen is an Irish immigrant whose endurance is tested in Brooklyn and the Five Points at the height of its urban destitution; he is among the first to join the famed Irish Brigade and becomes a celebrated war photographer. Marcella, a society girl from Spain, defies her father to become a passionate abolitionist. Mary and Micah are slaves of varying circumstances, who form an instant connection and embark on a tumultuous path to freedom.

All four lives unfold in two beautiful love stories, which eventually collide. Written in gorgeous language that subtly captures the diverse backgrounds of the characters, and interspersed with letters, journals, and dreams, this unforgettable story, rendered in cinematic detail, is about having faith in life's great meaning amidst its various tangles.

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User Review  - Rosemary - Goodreads

Peter Troy opens his novel with an evocative image: a child, watching a woman embroidering cloth, only sees the tangle of threads from the underside. It is not until she can see the threads stitched ... Read full review

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User Review  - Margie Nash - Goodreads

This book is told from four different people and perspectives during the Civil War years. Mary and Micah are slaves; Marcella is a feisty young woman from an elite family, and Ethan is a young Irish ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

PETER TROY is a former journalist and high school history teacher. He lives in New York State, where he is at work on his next novel.

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