The Train of Small Mercies

eAudio - unabridged
Audio (6.82 hours)
Product Number: Z100095515
Released: Jun 21, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781481547789
Narrator/s: Jeremy Davidson
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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. 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, Rowell depicts disparate lives united by an extraordinary commemoration, irrevocably changed as the Kennedy funeral train makes its solemn journey from New York to Washington.

Author(s): David Rowell
Original Publish Date: Oct 13, 2011

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Author(s): David Rowell
Product Number EB00400811
Released: Jun 05, 2014
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Berkley
ISBN: #9781101547946

Professional reviews

"Robert F. Kennedy was about hope. This is the message that comes from David Rowell's novel about the day Kennedy's funeral train traveled from New York to Arlington, Virginia. Narrator Jeremy Davidson does some virtuoso voice work for the many people touched by the day's journey. They include an Irish nanny who is in Washington for a job interview, a new train porter whose chivalry becomes hazardous, a wounded soldier, and a woman who is dealing with her daughter's playground fall. Davidson keeps listeners interested as Rowell's narrative continually shifts from scene to scene. The events in the daily lives Rowell creates take center stage in this snapshot of a turbulent time in American history. J.A.S. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"

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