The Travelers by Regina Porter

The Travelers

Meet James Samuel Vincent, an affluent Manhattan attorney who shirks his modest Irish American background but hews to his father’s meandering ways. James muddles through a topsy-turvy relationship with his son, Rufus, which is further complicated when Rufus marries Claudia Christie.Claudia’s mother—Agnes Miller Christie—is a beautiful African American woman who survives a chance encounter on a Georgia road that propels her into a new life...

Details The Travelers

TitleThe Travelers
Release DateJun 18th, 2019
GenreFiction, Historical, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction

Reviews The Travelers

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    Thank you to Random House/Crown Publishing for the free book. The Travelers, with its gorgeous, vivid cover, has been a the perfect read to keep my mind busy. It has a host of characters (the author is a playwright, and I think this plays a part in that), a back and forth storyline, and it’s epic in scope.Following two large families whose lives intersect from the 1950s to the election of Obama, the story also takes place across a few locations...
  • Faith
    I expect that this book will receive a polarized response - you’re going to love it or hate it. When I saw a 2 page cast of characters at the beginning of the book, I was a little concerned (it turned out that that wasn’t even all of the characters). The author is also a playwright, so I guess this approach is familiar to her. After the cast list, the book just plunges into the story without actually introducing anyone and it skips around in ...
  • ♥ Sandi ❣
    3 stars Thanks to Penguin First to Read and Hogarth for the chance ot read and review this ARC. Publication is June 18, 2019.Once I read the synopsis of this book I really wanted to read it. Something about it pulled me right in. Once I started reading it however it was not what I expected. This is a debut novel by Regina Porter. A novel well written, with a huge cast of characters. So huge that it has a two page Cast of Characters list right at ...
  • Michelle
    3.5 stars “Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart, But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully you leave something good behind." - Anthony Bourdain The Travelers by Regina Porter is a series of intersecting vignettes where she gives...
  • Natasha Niezgoda
    A short review for the time being.I found no faults with this plotline or story. What I struggled with was the synergy from one chapter to the next. There seemed to be a lack of fluidity. At times it read like short stories. And then in other instances, several chapters were paired together. I think this lack of cadence led to some confusion on my part, as well as a disjointedness with the characters.
  • Rebecca
    First of all, let me say that I loved this book. It was intense and real and my heart was broken after just the first 25 pages. This is not an easy book to review, because I don't know if my words can do it justice, but I will try. The writing was beautiful and so frank that it took me a couple of chapters to get used to it, but then I couldn't put it down.The Travelers is a book about the story of so many lives. It's almost written like short st...
  • Donna Hines
    The idea seemed fine the execution didn't quite make it.Traveling through time with two families and plenty of fluff.This one was so all over the place that 40 pages in I was ready to call it quits.So many characters thrown at you at once straight out in the intro that a required lists was needed before starting the first chapter.Everything led to nowhere with nothing that really left me wanting to read any further.Thank you to Regina, the publis...
  • Jamise // Spines & Vines
    A layered multigenerational debut novel covering an expansive time period. I enjoyed the writing and how the characters were intertwined. The use of photos throughout the novel enhanced the reading experience. The photos provided a nuanced glance into moments in time which also included several historical events.
  • Kathleen
    This is an odd little book which strangely I enjoyed very much. I say strangely because the format is put together almost like short stories and I didn't think I liked short stories. I will also say I was immediately put off when I first opened the book to the enormous list of characters that is the first thing you see. I thought, oh no, I will never get through this. But, I just jumped into the reading and acted like I never saw that list. Each ...
  • Fiona Lansdown
    This book had so much potential but it never quite came together. Following two families through time is a common concept, but here there were so many time zones and strands of the families and connections that it has hard to keep track of what was going on. A lovely writing style but it felt more like a series of linked short stories than a novel. Fab cover though!
  • Pam
    Thank you Penguin Random House First to Read for a digital ARC. Ayana Mathis, author of The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, describes this book perfectly: “In The Travelers, generations of two families—one black and one white—journey across time, race, geography, and the wounds of history.” This was a unique but engrossing read. A large cast of characters, so much so, there is a list at the book’s beginning. Chapters go back and forth in time ...
  • Jan
    An impressive and enjoyable debut novel with a large and diverse set of characters, a fractured, multigenerational timeline, and lovely story telling.
  • Anneke
    Book Review: The TravelersAuthor: Regina PorterPublisher: Crown Publishing/HogarthPublication Date: June 18, 2019Review Date: June 25, 2019I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the blurb:“American history comes to vivid, engaging life in this tale of two interconnected families (one white, one black) that spans from the 1950s to Barack Obama’s first year as president. . . . The complex, beau...
  • Jean Benedict
    This was a hard book to get into and keep my interest. There were so many characters to keep track of . The story kept going back and forth between the families and no sooner I got famalarized with what was going on the story was back to another family.I won this book from a Goodreads giveaway.
  • Dorothy
    When I opened Regina Porter's book and found at its beginning a list of 33 characters, I was immediately tempted to close it up again and reach for another book in my reading queue. But the book had been highly recommended as my "kind of book", one that I was sure to enjoy, so I persisted and immersed myself in this generational story.All of those 33 characters turned out to be members of or connected to two families, one black and one white, and...
  • Esther Espeland
    I’m a lil fiend for an intergenerational epic! Love the integration of historical photographs throughout the book. A lot of fun with all the time skips. Recommend for fans of Homegoing
  • jenni
    a lovely work of storytelling following 50 years of american history; a multi-generational, multi-racial, cross-family "epic" composed of beautifully spoked vignettes that rotate you through the intersecting worlds of folks traveling through the end of a century. I would've loved to get a little deeper and learn a little more about some of the cross-sectioning family histories, but otherwise this was charmingly crafted and so situated in time, pr...
  • Ian Mapp
    Really can't think of a book that I have enjoyed less for a long time.An alarming cast of characters is recorded at the front of the book. We then jump between two families and timelines in no particular order from the 1950s to the 2000s.There are pictures. There is an index of the Pictures.Its almost like a collection of short stories. Although the characters re-appear. I was hopelessly lost and not engaged and my eyes just moved down the pages ...
  • Jade
    This is such a special, special book. It’s one of those books that I want to carry next to my heart and cuddle, a constant reminder to just be. Be alive, be present, be Love. The Travelers by Regina Porter is a beautiful piece of literature, a work of art, a brilliant web of recent history. Written as a series of vignettes, each capturing a moment in time, a person, and a piece of history, the book weaves the lives of two extended families toge...
  • Pamela
    I get what she was trying to do...but I didn't like it. There were so many characters I spent much of the book going "wait he who?" And they all happened to be related which was too much a coincidence for me. Really, you go to a bar in Vietnam and run into your ex-girlfriend's husband? The guy who moves them north happens to be the cousin of the future son's future wife and his partner the cousin of the husband's love child? The guy happens to li...
  • Renée | Book Girl Magic
    This book will take you on a whirlwind of a ride. A LOT to keep up with but I found it entertaining nonetheless. The story’s of these characters intertwine and cover an expansive period of time (from the 1950s to 2010). Lots of twists and turns throughout. A rating for me. One you’ll definitely have to pay attention to keep up! This book will take you on a whirlwind of a ride. A LOT to keep up with but I found it entertaining nonetheless. ...
  • Angela Schlater
    Really struggled with this one. The structure frustrated me and i just couldn’t follow it easily.
  • Jessica
    I just love love love this cover, it’s gorgeous. I wish I could say that I loved the inside as much, but unfortunately it wasn’t my favorite.The Travelers focuses on two different families from the 1950’s to 2010. It’s like if a big family tree were to come alive in book form. There were concurrent, complex stories going on at the same time. The book jumped around in time and place a lot which reminded me of A Place for Us. The non-linear...
  • Glenda Nelms
    The Travelers is a multigenerational novel that travels across decades in America. The readers should focus on the diverse cast of characters. The novel is about two families and their perspectives during the 1950's to the Obama Era. Regina Porter uses the themes of place, culture, and time. The novel highlighted some historical events such as The Vietnam War, Civil Rights movement, racism and The AIDS crisis. There are moments will deeply move y...
  • Seema Rao
    Literary~ Thoughtful ~ Bittersweet/ Nostalgictl:dr: You have no idea about your parents or your kids, really. This story shares the lives of multiple generations of people with their varied flaws. The writing is somewhat mannered, with an idiosyncratic cadence and very little, if no, sentimentality. But, the first chapter alone reads like a satisfying short story. In some ways, the book isn't exactly new. People who are married mess up; their chi...
  • Joan Happel
    The Travelers is a sweeping, sprawling and engrossing debut novel about two American families, one black and one white and the events that connect them. The story follows it large cast of characters from the 1950’s through 2010, but in a non-linear narrative. The central event of the novel happens in 1966 to one of the novel’s main characters Agnes Christie, a young black woman from Georgia. One night, while out with her boyfriend, they are s...
  • Jenn Fields
    Regina Porter’s debut novel casts a big, wide, engrossing net of an intergenerational family saga. It follows not one but two parallel clans and sidetracks into unexpected, sometimes obscure branches of their family trees. It travels from the South to Michigan to New York to Normandy to Berlin. It tackles Jim Crow and gentrification and class divides and war and trauma. And it all requires a road map beyond the two-page cast of characters ... F...
  • Gabrielle
    4 stars. The Travelers is my kind of novel: an intergenerational story told from the perspective of multiple characters. The characters of this book literally and figuratively travel around one another and their lives are interconnected in sometimes surprising ways. It takes great skill to develop so many characters and have them continously show up over 300 pages. This book may have appealed to me because I like short stories and when taken apar...
  • Meg
    Other than it taking me a bit (and often going back to the beginning) to recall each character and their relation to the others, this was beautiful. I laughed a couple of times, but mostly just really enjoyed the writing and unfolding of everyone's life.