May the Road Rise up to Meet You

May the Road Rise up to Meet You

A Novel

Book - 2012
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"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 each character 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"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385534482
0385534485
Branch Call Number: FICTION TROY PETER
Characteristics: 388 p. ; 25 cm

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I did borrow this book and read it or at least part of it. I may borrow it again but not sure. I think I stopped reading in part because of the subject matter and the dialogue.

beckymatyas Jul 17, 2012

A wonderful way to learn about our history. You will not be able to put down this book told from the perspective of Irish immigrants escaping the famine in their country and from slaves in the south during the civil war, two downtrodden groups fighting to make a better life for themselves and finding much in common.

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