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The Train of Small Mercies by David Rowell
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Jun 16, 12

bookshelves: first-reads, historical-fiction
Read in June, 2012

I received this book free from Goodreads' first reads.

"The Train of Small Mercies" tells about half a dozen unrelated stories loosely tied around Robert Kennedy's funeral train. Some were ordinary slices of life stories while others illustrated the turmoil of the time. I was particularly moved by Lionel's story. His first day on the job working on the train.

Rowell has a good writing style and I enjoyed the book. I have one minor criticism. The chapters are very short. I know most people would probably like that, but in this case it made it difficult to get into the stories. With so much switching between places and people I was almost halfway through the book before I had a firm grasp on all the characters.

This is Rowell's first novel and he has shown he is talented. I expect many more good books from him.

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