May the Road Rise Up to Meet You by Peter Troy

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 6 Critic Reviews

unrated

Synopsis

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.
 

About Peter Troy

See more books from this Author
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.
 
Published February 28, 2012 by Anchor. 402 pages
Genres: History, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for May the Road Rise Up to Meet You

Kirkus Reviews

See more reviews from this publication

The Hunger—the Irish famine—forces Ethan McOwen across the Atlantic, where his life eventually gets caught up in the American Civil War.

Feb 14 2012 | Read Full Review of May the Road Rise Up to Meet You

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

In Troy’s debut, the worlds of an Irish immigrant, a New York society girl, and two slaves collide via the fight against slavery and the Civil War. This historical saga begins during Ireland’s Great F

Nov 04 2011 | Read Full Review of May the Road Rise Up to Meet You

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

In Troy’s debut, the worlds of an Irish immigrant, a New York society girl, and two slaves collide via the fight against slavery and the Civil War.

Nov 07 2011 | Read Full Review of May the Road Rise Up to Meet You

Booklist Online

But there’s good news—by subscribing today, you will receive 22 issues of Booklist magazine, 4 issues of Book Links, and single-login access to Booklist Online and over 170,000 reviews.

Dec 15 2011 | Read Full Review of May the Road Rise Up to Meet You

California Literary Review

From the first great Civil War novel, John De Forrest’s Miss Ravenel’s Conversion, published in 1867, the problem for the Civil War novelist is to find a middle ground of hope and harmony upon which the survivors can rebuild their battered lives.

Mar 14 2012 | Read Full Review of May the Road Rise Up to Meet You

Rambles

Mary, Micah, Ethan and Marcella are vastly different people, yet they face similar issues and dilemmas.

Dec 15 2012 | Read Full Review of May the Road Rise Up to Meet You

Reader Rating for May the Road Rise Up to Meet You
82%

An aggregated and normalized score based on 139 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes


Rate this book!

Add Review
×