Quick Review: The Train of Small Mercies by David Rowell

I found this great book on the new release shelf of the library a few weeks ago. It tells the story of five different people seeing the funeral train carrying RFK’s body as it travelled through the countryside, headed to Washington, DC. The stories are loosely interwoven, with some reaching completion but most left without complete resolution. I really enjoyed this book and looked forward to reading each character’s piece in it – from the young train porter who is on his first day on the job and just discovered his girlfriend is pregnant, to the young girl and her mother who try to see the train without her father knowing, to the young Vietnam veteran who is still healing. I like the concept of several stories in one, and enjoyed Rowell’s writing style. This is his first novel.

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