May the Road Rise Up to Meet You by Peter Troy

May the Road Rise Up to Meet You

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 i...


Details May the Road Rise Up to Meet You

TitleMay the Road Rise Up to Meet You
ISBN9780385534482
Author
Release DateFeb 28th, 2012
PublisherDoubleday
LanguageEnglish
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Military History, Civil War, War, Romance
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Reviews May the Road Rise Up to Meet You

  • Cheri
    2017-11-11
    As the Preface begins, it is September 5th, the year is 1853, and Mary, a ten year-old girl in Raleigh, North Carolina, is lying on her bed, watching Gertie doing her stitching. The only light is from the fire, and she’s full of questions about what she’s stitching, how she knows what it’s going to end up looking like from all those itty-bitty strands of threads and scraps of fabric the Misses gives her. How does she know what she’s doing...
  • Angela M
    2014-02-15
    I've come across a number of reviews and book discussions that reflect the point of view that anything less than a tragically sad ending to a story somehow diminishes its importance in the literary arena. I don't agree. While I wouldn't say that the ending of this novel is necessarily a happy one, it is definitely a perfectly beautiful conclusion to a book filled with many moments of anguish, sadness, and injustice. The story is about the despica...
  • Dem
    2012-05-23
    A wonderful first novel by Peter Troy.Set against the dramatic backdrop of the Civil War, May The Road Rise Up To Meet You is a story of four unforgettable characters who have parallel lives, all are setting out on a journey in life and along the way intersect with each other lives.The plot for this novel is so well written and unlike other immigrant stories I have read it is not stereotyped or over written which I really appreciated. The charact...
  • Dean
    2017-12-16
    I know I know....It sounds like a cliche.... but indeed this book will stay unforgotten and deep buried in my heart.... and that for a long, long time !!!!!Characters so vividly depicted that you cannot but care about them;A story grippingly told and saturated with honesty and truthfulness;As background the American civil war full of fascination and sufferings with his legendary battles and charismatics leaders;A wonderful narrated novel, beautif...
  • Diane S ☔
    2012-01-11
    Four different people coming from four different backgrounds. Mary and Micah are both slaves, Ethan left Ireland after the potato famine and journeys to New York and Marcella who become a fierce abolitionist.All face adversity in varying degrees and yet eventually all four come together. This is a wonderful historical novel, with interesting characters. Ethan had me when leaving Ireland he tried to take with him the few books he and his sister (s...
  • Teresa
    2015-05-28
    Historical fiction of the lives of four main characters before, during and after the Civil War in America. Ethan McOwen's story begins as a child in Ireland during the famine and he immigrates to America to join his "Da" and older brother, Seanny, in NYC. Marcella Arroyo is a NYC high society girl following her families immigration from Spain. Micah and Mary are slaves in Virginia. How their circumstances change and how the war affects each one b...
  • Jim B
    2012-07-21
    This novel (currently only in audio book form) has several creative twists going for it. First of all, there are four main characters whose lives start out as different as can be, and eventually the story comes together in one narrative. Secondly, the audio book format the four main men and women (Ethan, Micah, Marcella and Mary) each have their own narrator, and some of these narrators bring their characters to life (see review of the narrators ...
  • Stephanie Anze
    2016-07-04
    Ethan is a child when the famine in Ireland forces his family to flee. However, he must make the trip alone to join his father and brother already in New York, as there is only enough fare for one. Marcella lives with her abuela (grandmother) in Spain when the letter that she has dreaded finally arrives, the one in which her father asks her to join him and the family in America. Micah and Mary, both slaves, live on separate plantations until both...
  • Gaby
    2012-03-08
    I loved this book - the characters were each so different and so compelling. I admit that it took me a while to get used to the sounds of the Southern and Irish voices but once I got over the first few pages and could focus on what Troy's characters were saying, I carried the book with me everywhere.On the one hand, you might expect the book to be depressingly heavy since the lead characters go through so much - from the Great Famine in Ireland t...
  • Susanhayeshotmail.com
    2012-03-20
    Argh. Everybody else seems to love this but I just didn't and I can't even seem to sum up why. For starters, it took me awhile to really dig in and enjoy. In part I needed to pick up the rhythm of the various accents (which I find distracting until I really get into the swing of things) and partially because it takes quite awhile for the stories to begin to come together. So I had to accept and wrap my mind around the way each character thinks an...
  • Judy
    2014-02-16
    Lately I've read several books that have the format of telling the story of different characters, alternating between them. Is this a trend, or have I just randomly selected such books. Peter Troy uses this format in his debut novel. Troy tells the story of four quite disparate people. First we meet Ethan McOwen, who with the help of his family escapes the Irish famine to join his father and brother in New York. Life in New York is not easy for t...
  • Elizabeth☮
    2014-05-03
    This book found me through my local library's list of recommendations. I am so glad I picked it up. The story involves four characters on all the cusp of change as America is transforming itself during the Civil War.Ethan is a recent arrival from Ireland; Marcella is a transplant from Spain; Micah is a slave that is sold to a man in Virginia separated from his family; and Mary is bought as a young girl an a slave auction when a wealthy white girl...
  • Naomi
    2011-09-27
    There are multiple books on Goodreads that I can't figure out why they don't have more reception. This is one of those books. Although it hasn't been released yet, I would expect to see it on more TBR lists. I enjoyed the book due to its' setting, but also the character development. These were truly characters I could sink me teeth into and get to know. One word of warning...as this book first started out I couldn't figure out where or for what p...
  • Gerry
    2016-03-10
    What appealed to me at first was the title of this book as it is one of my favorite Irish blessings. Being of Irish descent I wanted to learn more of the young boy who survived the Irish famine and made his way to America at a time of critical unrest in our country. What a bold and unique novel that intertwines the stories of four characters during the days of America's Civil War. We forget how tumultuous those times were and how brave people nee...
  • Janin
    2012-01-24
    It's hard to know where to begin. This book is so filled with characters you root for, it's like you've spent all those years with them on their journey, sharing their hopes, their dreams, their worries. On a purely technical aspect, I found that I enjoyed the informal writing style, the general lack of quotation marks that indicate talking. It somehow made it feel more...real. Even though the characters are not real, it brings to life and gives ...
  • Cherie
    2012-01-16
    Wonderful says it all for me too.
  • Patty
    2012-04-07
    I don't know where to begin with this book as it was truly a gem. Mr. Troy has crafted really three love stories in this novel; that of the two main couples and a third for what we all long for, home. Ethan leaves Ireland during "The Hunger" after losing his beloved sister and comes to America to live with his father and brother. Mary, a slave is first horribly treated and then uplifted but still enslaved. Marcella, a woman of means and family br...
  • Gaile
    2012-01-06
    I enjoyed this far more than I thought I would. I stumbled a bit to get through the prologue but from then on it was smooth sailing. Four people come into play, Mica, a slave sold away, Mary, a slave also sold away, Ethan, fleeing Ireland from the great hunger, Marcella brought from Spain with her family.Each character comes with his own set of problems and feelings brought about by all they have been through. somehow Micah and Mary find each oth...
  • Alison
    2012-03-30
    I love reading about the Civil War... especially with the hope of freedom and the promise of America as the underlying theme. The Irish and Southern dialects in this book may be a little difficult to get used to but, I think, they lend so much to the characters! I learned about Irish immigrants and their role in some of the notable battles of the Civil War. I also enjoyed the different slavery situations portrayed in the book. Not all white maste...
  • Lisarenee
    2012-02-03
    To enter to win a copy of this book at Seduced By A Book Click Here Notes: I read the ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) of this book. Some of the quotes may differ from the final version. Assume errors are mine. Famine...Slavery...A country on the cusp of change.....Four remarkable individualsTwo couples One War that will change everything "How you know whachu doin Gertie?" you ask."Been at dis fo' alooong time" she says, an starts hummin."Naw," you say...
  • Amanda - Cover2CoverMom
    2018-01-22
    Feelings in a few thoughts:- This book is about 4 hours too long – because of the length & slower moving plot, this book took me a month to read.- The convergence of the 2 love stories didn’t really work for me. There wasn’t a significant enough connection between Ethan/Marcella and Micah/Mary. They all just kind of met up at the end, which felt a little forced.- This book needed to be separated into two books: Ethan & Marcella’s story, a...
  • Rachel
    2018-05-29
    4 1/2 stars. I really enjoyed this epic novel. I will look forward to this author’s next novel. Highly recommend.
  • Hollen Wheeler
    2017-08-15
    A very good period piece circa Civil War America.
  • Deb Wilson
    2017-08-09
    This book was amazing. Can't understand anything lower than a five star rating. Famine in Ireland, slavery in the South, Civil War. So very well written. Could NOT put it down.
  • Avid Series Reader
    2012-03-07
    May the Road Rise Up to Meet You by Peter Troy is a sweeping dramatic saga of loss and redemption against the backdrop of the American Civil War. The story is told by four primary characters: Mary, Ethan, Micah, Marcella. Mary and Micah are slaves in the South; Ethan and Marcella are immigrants from Ireland and Spain.The first half of the book slowly and painstakingly describes each character's life and hardships in detail, and also sets the back...
  • Vivian Lowel
    2017-11-09
    Peter Troy opens his novel with an evocative image: a child, watching a woman embroidering cloth, only sees the tangle of threads from the underside. It is not until she can see the threads stitched into a design--frontways--that the pattern becomes clear. The lives of the novel's four main characters start in very different places (Ireland during the Hunger, Spain, New York, and the American South), and Troy does not rush the characters' encount...
  • Sheri
    2014-06-02
    This book was better than average, but it really wasn’t anything spectacular. Ultimately it was just two parallel love stories set in the historical context of the Civil War. Not really fabulous on any level, but page turning and interesting enough.The four main characters all had strong voices, but were still fairly similar to each other (independent women and men who respect them). I enjoyed the brogue and the southern accent and there were d...
  • Doubleday Books
    2012-02-21
    The Hunger—the Irish famine—forces Ethan McOwen across the Atlantic, where his life eventually gets caught up in the American Civil War.Even before the harshness of The Hunger the McOwens experience tragedy, most notably for Ethan the loss of his beloved sister, Aislinn. They had both been bookish and imaginative children, and Ethan’s later drive to learn earned him the nickname “The Professor.” The McOwens—Ethan, Da, Mam and Aunt Em...
  • Viccy
    2012-07-01
    Peter Troy manages to link the three defining man-made disasters of the 19th century: the Irish potato famine, slavery and the American Civil War into an intricate weave of powerful narrative set pieces. Ethan McOwen crosses the Atlantic to escape the famine and survives the hell of Five Points. Troy introduces a slave family with a parallel to the McOwens; the son, Micah, is sold to a new owner in Virginia, where he meets Mary, an educated house...
  • Linda
    2012-01-18
    I really loved this book and especially fell in love with Ethan and Micah. What beautifully written characters! I was brought to tears by them several times. I appreciated the different voices and perspectives, and felt completely immersed in the period and the two love stories. It must be amazing to be taught history by this author, as he made it all so interesting and real. Another plus for me was that we've been to many of the locales in the b...