May the Road Rise Up to Meet You: A Novel

By Peter Troy
Read by various narrators

16.27 Hours 03/01/2012 unabridged
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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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Summary

Summary

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Finding ambition in a first novel is not a rare thing, but to find it fulfilled as thoroughly as it is in May the Road Rise Up to Meet You is indeed something special.” Fredericksburg (VA) Free Lance-Star
“The depth of Troy’s characters offers compelling insights into the Civil War era.” Publishers Weekly
“Debut novelist Troy spins a sprawling mid-nineteenth-century novel, tightly interweaving four separate narrative strands into a vivid tapestry of Civil War–era America…Troy does an adept job of imbuing each character with a distinctive voice and point-of-view, keeping the story line flowing while providing a panoramic overview of a significant juncture in history.” Booklist
“Beautifully told, Troy has given us a story that will be with me for many years to come.” Robert Hicks, author of The Widow of the South
“A wonderful family saga of poignant history, thrilling action, and romance.” Edward Rutherfurd, author of The Rebels of Ireland

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Author

Author Bio: Peter Troy

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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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD
Category: Fiction/Historical
Runtime: 16.27
Audience: Adult
Language: English