May the Road Rise up to Meet You

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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...
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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781410457431
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 4/19/2013
  • Edition description: Large Print Edition
  • Pages: 659
  • Sales rank: 1,001,621
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the 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.
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  • Posted March 22, 2012

    We live in a society where art has become profit, so consequentl

    We live in a society where art has become profit, so consequently little attention is drawn to the masterpieces our culture creates. Great films are buried by mindless sequels, transient music is overshadowed by computer generated fluff mass produced like twinkies, and our book stores are basically promotional tools for celebrity autobiographies, diet books, or both. This work by first time author Peter Troy falls into the category of unsung masterpieces of modern culture. Troy weaves seamlessly through 19th century history, but incorporates the timeless emotions of grief, love, pride, and hope, creating something of a portrait of the human spirit along the way. This is the sort of piece that exemplifies the faith and sincerity that we want to pass on to future generations, and it is a work of art that I hope and pray is embraced in it's own time. It's a worthy read.

    11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2012

    An Excelllent Read ! In his riveting epic novel, "May

    An Excelllent Read ! In his riveting epic novel, "May The Road Rise Up To Meet You", Peter Troy depicts the storm clouds gathering over America leading up to the Civil War. He weaves an irresistible narrative involving four characters whose disparate lives encompass both the Irish famine, which provoked the great migration to America, and the abusive slave system of the South. Troy masterfully interweaves their separate tales until they converge in a fully realized climax. This novel has it all: pulsating action and romance, a rich tapestry of characters, and a theme as big as the American dream itself. It is a "Gone With The Wind" in scope but more real and more resonant.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 28, 2012

    Such a unique voice - Highly Recommended

    This book is unlike any other that I have come across. Troy manages to create distinct characters and places us in their worlds through language and locations. Peter Troy truly has a gift of writing. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a unique, enjoyable read unlike any other!!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2012

    I could not put this book down. I never wanted it to end. The gr

    I could not put this book down. I never wanted it to end. The gripping story and entertwined lives of all of the characters weave a beatiful fabric of tragedy and hope during events in history. Bravo Peter Troy. Hurry up with your next novel.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 16, 2012

    Great thought-provoking artwork!

    Wonderful! This book goes beyond just the entertainment that a novel can bring. This book made me reflect on my life. It reminds me that wherever I am in my life is exactly where I'm supposed to be, but if I want to change where I am, I can do it. The characters, in their colloquial language and accents, written so honestly and purely by Peter Troy take you on a personal journey that makes you laugh and cry at times, but most often, makes you think. You can't help but root for all of them to overcome obstacles that might thwart someone on the path to where they wish to go, as they press on with the help of the kindness of others of this Earth and those gone by. What an inspirational tale of the hope that something better than where you are in life is capable. Once you read this book, you will want to pass it on to someone, which is just want Ethan McOwen would want you to do!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2012

    Beautifully woven, inspiring tale - Highly Recommended!

    Peter Troy has stitched together a beautiful American tale of faith and hope. The voices of Irish immigrant Ethan McOwen, slaves Micah and Mary, and society girl-turned-abolitionist Marcella grab you, as their stories converge on their courageous journeys to love and redemption. We get a history lesson along the way, of the Irish potato famine, coffin ships, early baseball in Brooklyn, Tammany Hall, slave auctions, skilled slave labor, the Underground Railroad, and the Civil War. If you enjoy historical fiction and most importantly a story with a message, you'll be inspired by "May the Road Rise Up to Meet You". Think "The Help" in an even broader context (and without the pie...). I enjoyed it so much I bought 3 copies to send out-of-state family and friends. I highly recommend this book.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 24, 2012

    Once you start reading this wonderful novel, you won't want to p

    Once you start reading this wonderful novel, you won't want to put it down. Set in a time period encompassing the Irish immigrtation to America through the Civil War years, this is a must read for history lovers. The author does a marvelous job of introducing the four main characters and then interweaving their lives as they sturggle to overcome the adversities that life has put before them. You will feel their pain, sorrow and frustrations, but you will also rejoice in their faith and hope in securing a better future for themselves.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 23, 2012

    A book like no other I've read. This was truly original, with f

    A book like no other I've read. This was truly original, with four distinct styles of prose for each of the remarkable characters and a story that was compelling right from the start. A must read for any serious reader!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2012

    Incredible novel

    This book may not be the typical easy read that you find on many of the shelves at Barnes and Noble, but it is by far the most insightful, thoughtful, and rewarding of novels I have read in a long time. It is a story that skillfully draws you into the lives of fourt different characters, all intertwined through the historical backdrop of the time (Civil War and Irish Famine). It is a story that opens your eyes to the history of the time in a poignant and compelling way, and yet this story is far more than your average historical fiction piece. It is first and foremost a book about faith and perserverance, and of the importance of seeing life in big pictures terms. Peter Troy skillfully weaves many perspectives through the book in an attempt to bring these concepts to life. He does an excellent job throughout. I highly recommend this book!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2012

    I loved- I mean loved reading this book. I was pulled into the c

    I loved- I mean loved reading this book. I was pulled into the characters and could not hear enough from them. I look forward to hearing more from author, Peter Troy.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2012

    This is a great great great GREAT book. I have not been able to

    This is a great great great GREAT book. I have not been able to put this down. Peter Troy weaves an epic tale, weaving the lives of the characters in such an artistic, emotional and engrossing way. Although I am not big into history and this book is set in the mid 1800's, I did not feel like I was reading a "historical" book. I put it up there with the other addicting books like The Hunger Games...hopefully this one turns into a movie too!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 29, 2012

    A MUST READ! Couldn't put it down!

    Once I started reading this book, I couldn't put it down! I wanted to know more and more about this family's story as they struggled to survive the Irish potato famine. I recently met Mr. Troy at one of his book signing events, and it was a pleasure to meet such a talented writer. I look forward to the rest of the story as he has said he plans to write a trilogy! Can't wait for the next book!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 29, 2012

    Best book I've read to date

    I absolutely loved this book- I'm completely engrossed. I haven't felt this pulled into a book since I read the first Harry Potter 12 years ago. The time period is so beautifully depicted in the story- the imagery is incredibly vivid-- when Ethan was on the vessel sailing toward America- I can just feel for him- trapped in there, holding on to hope. No matter where life leads him, Ethan never lets go of hope. Ethan's hope is inspired by his love for his late sister who died during "the Hunger" in Ireland. The hope that Ethan has nourishes his faith and enables him to deal with an incredible hardship as his family adjusts to life in America- and the struggles and challenges that face them.

    While the book is set during the Civil War, I still find myself relating to the characters in a truly dynamic way- I can feel the emotions they are going through. For instance, Ethan has a bravery that is motivated by the love he has for his family, the desire he has to succeed - it just makes me wonder if I would have been as brave as him if I were in the same situation- perhaps if my immigrant relatives were who came through New York when they first arrived in America.

    While reading this book, I felt completely pulled out of my reality and into the story. It was a moving experience. As an avid reader- I highly recommend it.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 26, 2012

    Brilliant and inspiring. That says it all.

    Brilliant and inspiring. That says it all.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 26, 2012

    As compelling a read as I've come across in many, many years! Th

    As compelling a read as I've come across in many, many years!
    There is so much to love about this book, great characters, great story, exceptional writing, and most of all, an uplifting message on the value of human life! Doesn't matter whether you're into historical fiction or not, literary fiction or not, this book crosses all those lines. A MUST, MUST read!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 23, 2012

    Peter Troy's May the Road Rise Up to Meet You is a great read. I

    Peter Troy's May the Road Rise Up to Meet You is a great read. It tells the story of an Irish immigrant, a young Spanish woman and two African American slaves whose lives interact before, during and after the Civil War. The characters are believable and the story is quite moving.

    Anyone interested in American History or the American Irish experience or the Abolition movement will enjoy this book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2012

    I loved this book. The beginning was a bit hard to read, but on

    I loved this book. The beginning was a bit hard to read, but only because the author uses such authentic language, which I really came to appreciate as I read more of the story. I am the first to admit that Civil War History has never been an interest of mine, but this story made it all so REAL...trying to understand what life was like for the Irish immigrants and the slaves at this time in our country's history. Such a thought-provoking read, great character development and authenticity. One of those books that makes you cry at the end and go back and re-read the good parts.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2012

    Love this story!

    A wonderful story that will capture you by the amazing character development and vivid details that makes you feel like you are a part of the story!! I will admit it did take a few chapters to fully get into the book but once you do, you will be so glad you did!! You will find yourself routing for the successes of Ethan, Micah, Marcella and Mary as though you know them. Each page brought a different emotion. The only disappointment is when you come to the last page and you find there isnt any more to read. I also recently met Mr Troy & was thrilled to find out there will be a sequel. It cant be written fast enough.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 26, 2012

    This review is from: May the Road Rise Up to Meet You: A Novel (

    This review is from: May the Road Rise Up to Meet You: A Novel (Hardcover)
    This is a story that MUST be shared with others!! The characters grab you so intimately that they become your best friends, sharing with you the intimate details of their lives. I think each reader will find himself or herself identifying closely with one of them, whether it be the spunky and rebellious Marcella, the strong, manly Micah, the brave, faithful Ethan or the gently visionary Mary. They take you on a journey back in time so personally that you feel the hunger, experience the prejudice, encounter the hatred, face the challenges, conquer the fears and embrace the love of a time in our past. You travel on a "coffin ship" from Ireland to America, see the beginning of baseball, walk the streets of old New York, feel the humiliation of slavery and the strength and talents of so many slaves. You discover people finding love amid desperate circumstances and showing courage and loyalty in the midst of it all. What a study in human nature! What a lesson to be learned and shared today! Book club members will find much for discussion in this book, so rich in scope and message.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2012

    A well-crafted and thoughtful novel. Overall, a great read!

    A well-crafted and thoughtful novel. Overall, a great read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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