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A gripping new novel with a distinctly American edge, THE TRAVELERS highlights the lives of two families--meet James Samuel Vincent--an affluent New York attorney who shirks his modest Irish American upbringing but hews to his father's wily nilly ways; and Agnes Miller Christie--a beautiful African American woman who encounters tragedy on a Georgia road that propels her to ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published June 18th 2019 by Hogarth Press
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Faith
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: publisher, reviewed
I expect that this book will receive a polarized response - you’re going to love it or hate it. When I saw a 2 page cast of characters at the beginning of the book, I was a little concerned (it turned out that that wasn’t even all of the characters). The author is also a playwright, so I guess this approach is familiar to her. After the cast list, the book just plunges into the story without actually introducing anyone and it skips around in time constantly. I almost stopped reading pretty early ...more
♥ Sandi ❣
3 stars Thanks to Penguin First to Read and Hogarth for the chance ot read and review this ARC. Publication is June 18, 2019.

Once I read the synopsis of this book I really wanted to read it. Something about it pulled me right in. Once I started reading it however it was not what I expected.

This is a debut novel by Regina Porter. A novel well written, with a huge cast of characters. So huge that it has a two page Cast of Characters list right at the beginning of the story. Most of the people are
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Michelle
3.5 stars

“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart, But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully you leave something good behind." - Anthony Bourdain


The Travelers by Regina Porter is a series of intersecting vignettes where she gives voice to a host of "travelers", what they take with them
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Rebecca
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First of all, let me say that I loved this book. It was intense and real and my heart was broken after just the first 25 pages. This is not an easy book to review, because I don't know if my words can do it justice, but I will try. The writing was beautiful and so frank that it took me a couple of chapters to get used to it, but then I couldn't put it down.

The Travelers is a book about the story of so many lives. It's almost written like short stories, where every character gets a chapter to sho
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Kathleen
May 14, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
This is an odd little book which strangely I enjoyed very much. I say strangely because the format is put together almost like short stories and I didn't think I liked short stories. I will also say I was immediately put off when I first opened the book to the enormous list of characters that is the first thing you see. I thought, oh no, I will never get through this. But, I just jumped into the reading and acted like I never saw that list. Each 'chapter' in the book is a short story of several ...more
Donna Hines
Mar 17, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, netgalley
The idea seemed fine the execution didn't quite make it.
Traveling through time with two families and plenty of fluff.
This one was so all over the place that 40 pages in I was ready to call it quits.
So many characters thrown at you at once straight out in the intro that a required lists was needed before starting the first chapter.
Everything led to nowhere with nothing that really left me wanting to read any further.
Thank you to Regina, the publisher, Netgalley for this ARC in exchange for this h
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Pam
May 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you Penguin Random House First to Read for a digital ARC. Ayana Mathis, author of The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, describes this book perfectly: “In The Travelers, generations of two families—one black and one white—journey across time, race, geography, and the wounds of history.” This was a unique but engrossing read. A large cast of characters, so much so, there is a list at the book’s beginning. Chapters go back and forth in time and almost read as short stories. The effects of war and rac ...more
Fiona Lansdown
This book had so much potential but it never quite came together. Following two families through time is a common concept, but here there were so many time zones and strands of the families and connections that it has hard to keep track of what was going on. A lovely writing style but it felt more like a series of linked short stories than a novel. Fab cover though!
Jade
This is such a special, special book. It’s one of those books that I want to carry next to my heart and cuddle, a constant reminder to just be. Be alive, be present, be Love. The Travelers by Regina Porter is a beautiful piece of literature, a work of art, a brilliant web of recent history. Written as a series of vignettes, each capturing a moment in time, a person, and a piece of history, the book weaves the lives of two extended families together.

There is no timeline in the book, the chapters
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Jean Benedict
This was a hard book to get into and keep my interest. There were so many characters to keep track of . The story kept going back and forth between the families and no sooner I got famalarized with what was going on the story was back to another family.I won this book from a Goodreads giveaway.
Seema Rao
Mar 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Literary~ Thoughtful ~ Bittersweet/ Nostalgic

tl:dr: You have no idea about your parents or your kids, really.

This story shares the lives of multiple generations of people with their varied flaws. The writing is somewhat mannered, with an idiosyncratic cadence and very little, if no, sentimentality. But, the first chapter alone reads like a satisfying short story. In some ways, the book isn't exactly new. People who are married mess up; their children live through it. But, the way the story is t
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Anneke
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-read
Book Review: The Travelers
Author: Regina Porter
Publisher: Crown Publishing/Hogarth
Publication Date: June 18, 2019
Review Date: June 25, 2019

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

From the blurb:
“American history comes to vivid, engaging life in this tale of two interconnected families (one white, one black) that spans from the 1950s to Barack Obama’s first year as president. . . . The complex, beautifully drawn characters are unique and indelible.”

Thi
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Joan Happel
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Travelers is a sweeping, sprawling and engrossing debut novel about two American families, one black and one white and the events that connect them. The story follows it large cast of characters from the 1950’s through 2010, but in a non-linear narrative. The central event of the novel happens in 1966 to one of the novel’s main characters Agnes Christie, a young black woman from Georgia. One night, while out with her boyfriend, they are stopped by two policemen who pull Agnes from the car an ...more
Jenn Fields
Regina Porter’s debut novel casts a big, wide, engrossing net of an intergenerational family saga. It follows not one but two parallel clans and sidetracks into unexpected, sometimes obscure branches of their family trees. It travels from the South to Michigan to New York to Normandy to Berlin. It tackles Jim Crow and gentrification and class divides and war and trauma. And it all requires a road map beyond the two-page cast of characters ... Full review at Run Spot Run.
Glenda Nelms
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Travelers is a multigenerational novel that travels across decades in America. The readers should focus on the diverse cast of characters. The novel is about two families and their perspectives during the 1950's to the Obama Era. Regina Porter uses the themes of place, culture, and time. The novel highlighted some historical events such as The Vietnam War, Civil Rights movement, racism and The AIDS crisis. There are moments will deeply move you, break your heart and teach life lessons. Porte ...more
Jason
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I recently had the good fortune to win a Penguin prize pack in a draw at one of my two favourite local independent booksellers, as such becoming the proud and decidedly surprised owner of a cute Penguin-edition ON THE ROAD tote bag (plus matching key chain), a delightful Penguin-edition JANE EYRE mug, other sundry knickknacks, and a couple of books. An especially agreeable prize pack, no doubt, for one who grew up on the eminently affordable Penguin paperbacks still ubiquitous in the 80s and 90s ...more
Creager
Mar 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
In The Travelers, Regina Porter has encapsulated the full spectrum of the human experience. Ultimately the union of two families, that of James Vincent and Agnes Christie, their lives emerge full-bodied as they are interwoven with supple vignettes of their cousins, half-brothers, and estranged-wives as love and race; war and time shape us all. The Travelers is an ode to life and history. And Regina Porter is, quite simply, a writer’s writer.

*the ending though...
Daniel Cuthbert
(I received an ARC of this title from a giveaway, and leave my honest opinions below.)


Regina Porter’s The Travelers is a powerful and thoughtful literary genealogy of two families, the Vincent’s and the Christie’s, who have loved, lost, and everything in between.

What immediately stands out upon first diving in is the way it travels back and forth in time, reminding me at times of the way the movie Pulp Fiction sloshes back and forth between different periods, such that characters who die in the
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Nicole Wagner
May 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an engaging, beautifully written novel.

The good: this novel swept across the Atlantic, across decades in America, across race and class and age and orientation. It's bittersweet because it has so much truth in it -- that we mostly can't control what happens to us in this life, only how we react to it. This will always be true. It's flat-out interesting, e.g. the author immerses us in so many different situations, cultures, settings, that are impossible not to picture in the mind's eye.
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Diane
May 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This a was a great novel, once you get passed the first few pages. Multilayered, great story telling weaving back and forth in time.
Bridget
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
I did not care for this book. The way it is laid out, I had a hard time keeping track of who was who, understanding what time period events were taking place a lot, and even knowing who's race/color was what. There's even a list of the characters at the beginning of the book it help the reader keep track of who is who, so that says something.
I'm not so sure where the story laid in this. The book jumped from different characters and events in their lives, and in some way they were interconnected
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Jessika
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
ARC received through Shelf Awareness galley giveaways.

This was a very meandering, quiet look at two families that were intertwined in interesting ways (an actual family tree and/or timeline would have been more helpful than the cast of characters at the beginning) but that never comes to any sort of climax or conclusion or big revelation. Honestly, I think probably a third of the perspectives could be cut without losing anything. I'm usually pretty good about keeping relationships in order while
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Jenn Fields
Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Regina Porter’s debut novel casts a big, wide, engrossing net of an intergenerational family saga. It starts in the 1950s and ends in the Obama era. It follows not one but two parallel clans and sidetracks into unexpected, sometimes obscure branches of their family trees. It travels from the South to Michigan to New York to Normandy to Berlin. It tackles Jim Crow and gentrification and class divides and war and trauma. And it all requires a road map beyond the two-page cast of characters at the ...more
Gillik
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lit-fic, reviewed
The Travelers follows two families, one white and one black, families that combine and split as the novel moves forward and back, from Georgia to The Bronx to New Hampshire to Long Island to Berlin. It’s non-lineal and meta-textual, with photos that add their own mysteries to be figured out (did I wince at the concentration camp photo? Yep. Did I understand its usage and placement? I think so). And it’s the best kind of sprawling, the kind that doesn’t rush, that does justice to its many charac ...more
SerenityRoad
May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I must admit when I turned to the Cast of Characters page I thought I am not going to like this. I did not want to read a play or a story in a play format. Don’t get me wrong I enjoy a good play;however, my reading mood was not there. Then there’s this storyline that hops all over the place...aargh!!! At this time, I don’t want to work to read anything; I’m reading to escape, relax, and reset my gray matter for the next day.

From the first page, I thought what in the world is going on with these
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Linda Murray
I found this for the most part an enjoyable read. It is a vast overview of American society, from the 1940’s to the present day, but presented in a tangle of tiny details, some more relevant than others. Only as you progress through the novel do you realise that there are interconnections.
The incidents and narratives weave between rich and poor, black and white, gay and straight, loved and unloved, fathers and mothers, lovers and wives, then and now, across the length and breadth of the States …
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Wendy Cosin
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My experience reading The Travelers has been unlike any book I've read before. My first time through I was frustrated and didn't like it very much. I kept referring to the list of characters at the beginning, trying to remember who they were and how they were related. The novel jumps around a lot. Although individual chapters generally focus on one person, the time line shifts without warning. Sometimes you don't even know who is narrating a chapter until you read far enough to figure out the re ...more
Laurie
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Travelers, by Regina Porter, is a standalone novel. The book opens with a list of characters, explaining briefly how they relate to each other. This list is two pages long, which just goes to show you how very interconnected they all are--even though, it turns out, most of them don't know it.

The book covers more than sixty years' worth of time. You could almost call it a book of interrelated short stories. The thing about it is that each chapter, on the surface, has very little relation to t
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Cflack
Jul 12, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An engaging novel made up of vignettes about an intertwined family - over multiple generations and multiple locations. Ultimately it is Rufus and Claudia and their families that make up the universe of the novel and it is people in the novel which make it compelling. Rufus is white and Claudia is black. We see their parents as children with their families and we see them as they age and become grandparents. There is difficulty, trauma and loss in both families, one more than the other, but there ...more
Mary
Jun 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first impression was that this was going to be a challenging read and to a certain extent, it was but do stick with it. It read like a series of short stories, the same event frequently being observed by more than one character. Each individual is connected either tenuously or by a significant relationship. The narrative runs from the 1950 to the 2000s and addresses themes of family, race, class and sexuality. The writing is quite idiosyncratic but also beguiling.

This is a rather unique nove
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Regina Porter is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was an Iowa Arts Fellow. She is the recipient of a 2017-2018 Rae Armour West Postgraduate Scholarship. She is also a 2017 Tin House Scholar. Her fiction has been published in The Harvard Review. An award-winning writer with a background in playwriting, Porter has worked with Playwrights Horizons, the Joseph Papp Theater, New York ...more
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