The Train of Small Mercies
By David Rowell
(Blackstone Audiobooks, Audio Cassette, 9781455113019)
Publication Date: October 2011
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- The novel is a work of fiction based on actual events. What do we as readers gain from the way the novel is structured (state by state)? What is the significance of depicting the lives of those living in the different states during that period of history? Each character in the novel is different from the next—racially, socially, etc. Why does the author include numerous characters of various backgrounds? Do their differences play into the mood of the novel?