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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (563 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter Troy Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.”


  • “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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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! "

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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.