Pelican Road

Pelican Road

by Howard Bahr
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Pelican Road by Howard Bahr

It’s Christmas Eve, 1940. Along an isolated stretch of railway between Meridian, Mississippi, and New Orleans, Louisiana, two locomotives travel toward one another through the dark winter landscape. A.P. Dunn, engineer aboard the 4512 southbound freight, reminisces about the last trip he made through the snow. And though he can remember every detail about that voyage in 1923, what he can’t recall are the events of a few hours ago — where he ate breakfast, how he got the gash on his forehead, or what he did to make his crew treat him so strangely. On the northbound Silver Star, a luxury passenger train packed with returning college students and gift-bearing families, brakeman Artemus Kane has his own memories to contend with: French trenches and German snipers, a failed marriage, and a too-short layover spent with Anna, the brilliant and lonely woman he has just left behind in the Crescent City. 'In Pelican Road', Howard Bahr returns to his greatest theme — the tragic nobility of those attempting to overcome difficult situations through love, honor, and sacrifice — and shows that on the railway, catastrophe is never more than a distracted moment away.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781596929630
Publisher: MacAdam/Cage Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 05/22/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,205,316
File size: 331 KB

About the Author


Howard Bahr, Jackson, Mississippi, is a native of Meridian, Mississippi, a Vietnam veteran, a former railroader, and the author of four novels. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from the University of Mississippi, then worked as a professor of English. He is currently writer-in-residence at Belhaven University.

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Pelican Road 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hornbillette More than 1 year ago
This contained the simultaneous stories of the lives of men that worked two trains. The story switched between numerous perspectives at the start of each section. It was very nicely written and quite a page turner by the end (even though it's pretty easy to guess the nature of the ending).