Next Train Out

Next Train Out

by Sallie Showalter

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Overview

As the U.S. enters the Second World War, Effie Mae Board thinks she knows her husband of seven years. But a chance discovery prompts her to untangle the secrets of his early life and the wreckage he has left in his wake. As she struggles with these revelations—and examines the decisions she herself made as a young mother—the reader glimpses her husband, Lyons, recklessly careening from one fresh start to another as he tries to find his place after returning from the Great War.

NEXT TRAIN OUT started with the author's desire to learn something about a missing grandfather and turned into a picaresque tale of an enigmatic rogue searching for a different life. Is Lyons a heartless narcissist and a scoundrel, or a lost soul trying to navigate the cultural fractures and shifting mores of the early twentieth century?

Whatever you decide about Lyons, there's no doubt who Effie Mae is. Readers have fallen in love with the straight-shooting native of the Eastern Kentucky coal camps who tries her level best to understand Lyons and accept him, despite his transgressions. She and Lyons come from vastly different worlds, but they find uncommon common ground in their resiliency and their fearless embrace of each other.



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780999254035
Publisher: Murky Press
Publication date: 04/20/2020
Pages: 290
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.65(d)

About the Author

After receiving a master's degree in comparative literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Sallie Showalter spent 30 years as a writer and editor in higher education, state government, and industry and technology. She lives in central Kentucky.

Table of Contents

1961

Effie Mae

A discovery

Saturday, December 6, 1941

Lyons

An accident

Wednesday, October 26, 1921

Effie Mae

A leaving

Saturday, December 6, 1941

Lyons

A daughter

Wednesday, October 26, 1921

Effie Mae

A stranger

Saturday, December 6, 1941

Lyons

The aftermath

Thursday, October 27, 1921

Effie Mae

A loss and a reconnection

Saturday, December 6, 1941

Lyons

A reckoning

Thursday, October 27, 1921

Effie Mae

Determination

Saturday, December 6, 1941

Lyons

A ghost

Friday, October 28, 1921

Effie Mae

The confrontation

Saturday, December 6, 1941

Lyons

A resurrection

Tuesday, February 24, 1925

Effie Mae

War

Sunday, December 7, 1941

Lyons

A second chance

Wednesday, December 22, 1926

Effie Mae

The truth

Monday, December 8, 1941

Lyons

Differences

Friday, May 6, 1927

Effie Mae

Derring-do

Tuesday, December 9, 1941

Lyons

An opportunity

Sunday, September 23, 1928

Effie Mae

Betrayal

Saturday, March 21, 1942

Lyons

Seduction

Saturday, April 6, 1929

Effie Mae

Unease

Sunday, March 22, 1942

Lyons

Misery

Thursday, September 3, 1931

Effie Mae

A plea

Tuesday, April 28, 1942

Lyons

A whim

Friday, October 5, 1934

Effie Mae

Acceptance

Friday, August 7, 1942

Lyons

Reversal

Sunday, October 18, 1942

1991

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