A wonderful first novel by Peter Troy.
Set against the dramatic backdrop of the Civil War, May The Road Rise Up To Meet You is a story of four unforgettable characters who have parallel lives, all are setting out on a journey in life and along the way intersect with each other lives.
The plot for this novel is so well written and unlike other immigrant stories I have read it is not stereotyped or over written which I really appreciated. The characters are believable and richly drawn. I especially loved the characters of Micah and Mary and found myself deeply engrossed in their story about slavery and the fight for freedom.
I loved the insights into the civil war seen through the eyes of Ethan and really felt that Peter Troy wrote this part of the novel beautifully.
The only reservation I had while starting the novel was for the first 20 pages or so the author uses a style of writing that I find really annoying. I don't like writing in Dialect and found the Irish and American slang off putting but thankfully it does fizzles out and the writing becomes fluent and energetic again. Any reservations I had about the writing in the first 20 pages were put well behind me as I found myself thinking about this story even when I wasn't reading it.
An engrossing read and really good character driven novel and one I will be recommending to my friends.
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