May the Road Rise Up to Meet You: A Novel

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Doubleday, 2012 - Fiction - 388 pages
14 Reviews
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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It's a love story and a war story. - Goodreads
The writing was superb, the story nearly perfect. - Goodreads
It was beautifully written and historically researched. - Goodreads
The writing is poetically beautiful. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Tara Carpenter - Goodreads

The Civil War period is something I have stayed away from before - it just makes me sad. Slavery & fighting within our country are not exactly uplifting. I usually stick to WWI but this book may have ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jen - Goodreads

Let me begin with stating I am drawn to historical fiction... I never liked history the way it was taught in school but present to me a story with historical facts, I am drawn in and my horizons ... Read full review

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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