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In haunting and crystalline prose, The Train of Small Mercies follows six characters’ intrepid search for hope among the debris of an American tragedy.

In New York, a young black porter struggles through his first day on the job—a staggering assignment aboard Robert F. Kennedy’s funeral train. In Pennsylvania, a woman creates a tangle of lies to sneak away from her disapproving husband and pay her respects to the slain senator, dragging her child with her. In Maryland, a wounded young soldier awaits a newspaper interview that his parents hope will restore his damaged self-esteem. In Washington, an Irish nanny in town to interview with the Kennedy family must reconcile the lost opportunity and the chance to start her life anew.

In this stunning debut, Rowell depicts disparate lives united by an extraordinary commemoration, irrevocably changed as the Kennedy funeral train makes its solemn journey from New York to Washington.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[Rowell] has created nothing less than a portrait of America itself.”

    Ann Patchett, acclaimed author

  • Selected for the November 2011 Indie Next List

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Eric | 9/28/2011

    " A fine book following the stories of different people as they react to the death of Robert Kennedy and live their lives as his train passes by on the way from New York to Washington. It is a pleasant read and not as sappy as the title may suggest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Matt | 8/21/2011

    " This book has not been published yet. I was given an advance copy and recommend it when it comes out. "

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About the Author

David Rowell is an editor at the Washington Post Magazine and has taught literary journalism at American University. He lives in Silver Spring, Maryland. This is his first novel.