The Train of Small Mercies
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November 2011 Indie Next List
“Old and young, black and white, nuns and bikers, girls in bikinis and men in military uniforms, all gathered to pay homage to Robert Kennedy as his funeral train passed by. This novel depicts a day in the lives of six characters who are looking for hope in an America overcome by grief. All ask the same question: Who now will stand up for those who need championing? A stunning debut!”
— Karen Briggs, Great Northern Books and Hobbies, Oscoda, MI
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In haunting and crystalline prose, "The Train of Small Mercies" follows six characters' intrepid search for hope among the debris of an American tragedy.
In New York, a young black porter struggles through his first day on the job-a staggering assignment aboard Robert F. Kennedy's funeral train. In Pennsylvania, a woman creates a tangle of lies to sneak away from her disapproving husband and pay her respects to the slain senator, dragging her child with her. In Maryland, a wounded young soldier awaits a newspaper interview that his parents hope will restore his damaged self-esteem. And in Washington, an Irish nanny in town to interview with the Kennedy family must reconcile the lost opportunity and the chance to start her life anew.
In this stunning debut, David Rowell depicts disparate lives united by an extraordinary commemoration, irrevocably changed as Kennedy's funeral train makes its solemn journey from New York to Washington.
Putnam Adult, 9780399157288, 272pp.
Publication Date: October 13, 2011
About the Author
David Rowell is an editor at the Washington Post Magazine. He has taught literary journalism in the MFA department at American University. An alumnus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with his wife and their two sons. This is his first novel.