The Train of Small Mercies

The Train of Small Mercies

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In this stunning debut, David Rowell depicts disparate lives united in the extraordinary days that followed an American tragedy. On June 8, 1968, as the train carrying Robert F. Kennedya€™s body travels from New York City to Washington D.C., the nation mourns the loss of a dream. As citizens congregate along the tracks to pay their respects, Michael Colvert, a New Jersey sixth grader, sets out to see his first dead body. Delores King creates a tangle of lies to sneak away from her controlling husband. Just arrived in the nationa€™s capitol to interview for a nanny position with the Kennedy family, Maeve McDerdon must reconcile herself to an unknown future. Edwin Ruppa€™s inaugural pool party takes a backseat to the somber proceedings. Jamie West, a Vietnam vet barely out of high school, awaits a newspaper interview meant to restore his damaged self-esteem. And Lionel Chase arrives at Penn Station for his first day of worka€”a staggering assignment as a porter aboard RFKa€™s funeral train.My pool, my problem.a€ Edwin held the screen ... I tried to be so careful with all the chemicals. I studied and studied the manual. I dona#39;t get it.a€ Georgia reached for the cabinet mirror, putting her face an inch away from her reflection. a€œIt mostly just anbsp;...

Title:The Train of Small Mercies
Author: David Rowell
Publisher:Penguin - 2011-10-13

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