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4.3 out of 54.3 out of 54.3 out of 54.3 out of 54.3 out of 5 4.30 (23 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter Troy Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2012 ISBN: 9781482982473
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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 is an Irish immigrant whose endurance is tested in Brooklyn and the Five Points at the height of its urban destitution; he is among the first to join the famed Irish Brigade and becomes a celebrated war photographer.

Marcella, a society girl from Spain, defies her father to become a passionate abolitionist.

Mary and Micah are slaves of varying circumstances, who form an instant connection and embark on a tumultuous path to freedom.

All four lives unfold in two beautiful love stories, which eventually collide. Written in gorgeous language that subtly captures the diverse backgrounds of the characters and interspersed with letters, journals, and dreams, this unforgettable story, rendered in cinematic detail, is about having faith in life’s great meaning amidst its various tangles.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Finding ambition in a first novel is not a rare thing, but to find it fulfilled as thoroughly as it is in May the Road Rise Up to Meet You is indeed something special.”

    Fredericksburg (VA) Free Lance-Star

  • “The depth of Troy’s characters offers compelling insights into the Civil War era.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Debut novelist Troy spins a sprawling mid-nineteenth-century novel, tightly interweaving four separate narrative strands into a vivid tapestry of Civil War–era America…Troy does an adept job of imbuing each character with a distinctive voice and point-of-view, keeping the story line flowing while providing a panoramic overview of a significant juncture in history.”

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  • “Beautifully told, Troy has given us a story that will be with me for many years to come.”

    Robert Hicks, author of The Widow of the South

  • “A wonderful family saga of poignant history, thrilling action, and romance.”

    Edward Rutherfurd, author of The Rebels of Ireland

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patricia | 2/18/2014

    " Would give 3-1/2 stars if I could. The first two thirds of this book was very good but my interest began to falter toward the ending. It's about slavery, the emancipation of slaves, the arrival of Irish families in America and how their life stories eventually intertwine. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim | 2/17/2014

    " In his riveting epic novel, "May The Road Rise Up to Meet You", Peter Troy depicts the storm clouds gathering over America leading up to the Civil War. He weaves an irresistible narrative involving four characters whose disparate lives encompass both the Irish famine, which provoked the great migration to America, and the abusive slave system of the South. The author masterfully interweaves their separate tales until they converge in a fully realized climax. This novel has it all: pulsating action and romance, a rich tapestry of characters, and a theme as big as the American dream itself. It is a "Gone With The Wind" in scope but more real and more resonant. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janin | 2/13/2014

    " 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 a face (faces), to part of American history that unites us all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda Z | 2/10/2014

    " I absolutely loved this book! I got so attached to the characters and you learned so much from the time period. I was so sad to see it end because I loved the characters so much. I recommend this book all the time to my customers, I can't wait until it comes out in paperback! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen Reardon | 2/9/2014

    " This is the Tale of Three Counties book for our library this year. It's an interesting story centered around the time of the Civil War and brings together three main stories in the end. I thought the end was a bit of a sell out and too predictable but up until that point I thought it was a very readable story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca Turner | 2/3/2014

    " I loved reading this book so much that I feel I must forgive the author for the rushed, neatly tied up, fast forward ending. The characters, for most of the book (until they began to barrel towards the end), were rich personalities whose history was so vivid and compelling, and who made me smile and nod more than a few times throughout. I loved the voices as they were written in the various dialects/accents, and the epic quality of this story made it a great "take me away" sort of read. a great book to take on vacation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lydia | 1/31/2014

    " Definitely a book I wouldn't mind owning. While set against the Irish Potato Famine and Slavery in the South and then through the Civil War, this book is not depressing....instead it is filled with hope and promise. (Not to say there aren't hard things in it...I didn't get teary-eyed a few times...) I LOVED the characters--there are 4 main characters you follow and they are each so believable even in their weaknesses... It also made me reflect on life and love and self-esteem. The author does a great job of bringing the characters to life in their speech and manners. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christy Fontaine | 1/18/2014

    " One of my favorite reads in a LONG time! I loved how the characters lives were woven together with such detail. The intersecting love stories and the way it all came together in the end was wholly satisfying. A wonderful book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Renea | 1/18/2014

    " This is one of the most beautiful books I've ever read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/16/2014

    " The story of four people around the Civil War. Two are slaves, one is an Irish immigrant and one is a Spanish immigrant turned abolitionist and suffragist. The characters felt like caricatures and the plot predictable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mychael-Ann | 1/13/2014

    " A great historical fiction set during the Civil War. Irish immigrants, slaves, great story telling. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathleen | 1/11/2014

    " Another book I loved. Treats Irish famine and immigration and slavery during Civil War time through stories of 4 people. Tender, insightful and helpful with history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 11/30/2013

    " Interesting historical fiction told from distinct points of view. The ending wrapped things up a bit too smoothly but an enjoyable read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb | 11/11/2013

    " A gorgeous book with wonderful characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caren Nicholas | 10/2/2013

    " The Hunger of Ireland and The Civil War through the eyes of four characters. A little slow, but a good story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jacqueline | 9/18/2013

    " My Irish heritage, Slavery and the Civil War; what's not to love! Beautifully written with a happy ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret Dillon | 8/28/2013

    " I really enjoyed this story of the lives of four very different individuals during the Civil War period and of how their lives become intertwined to form two couples. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patty | 8/3/2013

    " The stories of Irish immigrants and southern slaves are interwoven during the Civil War. Great historical fiction. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy Lynn | 4/26/2013

    " Great historical book with characters that you will love! The Tale for Three Counties book choice for 2013 so the author will be in the area March 2013! Check out at your local Library for more information! : ) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin Whaley | 4/7/2013

    " I absolutey loved this book! The voice of each character,the historic time period.Each person I have recommended it to has loved it as much. A must read!!!!!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne Twiss | 8/9/2012

    " This is an outstanding historical novel, told in the voices of slaves, Irish immigrants, and a Spanish abolitionist. It's a love story and a war story. The writing is poetically beautiful. Mr. Troy has a winner here, and I look forward to his next book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joseph | 7/10/2012

    " Civil War era historical fiction, well paced, alternating between points of view of two slaves and two European immigrants. I thought it kind of petered out at the end, so I'd give it a 3.5 if half stars were available. Otherwise, a very good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shirley | 6/16/2012

    " GREAT READ. LOVED THE WAY PETER TROY BROUGHT THE BEAUTIFULLY CREATED CHARACTERS TOGETHER IN THIS EPIC STORY OF THE CIVIL WAR. "

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About the Author
Author Peter Troy

Peter Troy is a former journalist and high school history teacher. He lives in New York State, where he is at work on his next novel.