Our Spring Fling continues. We just love offering great books as giveaways. Today, we are offering 5 copies of May the Road Rise Up To Meet You by Peter Troy. This book reminded me of Gone With the Wind. It is a long saga of parallel stories of pre-Civil War slavery and Irish immigrants. While these two topics don’t seem related, Troy does a masterful job of storytelling and tying the stories together at the end of the book. I would venture to guess that we will see many more books from Troy!
Today Doubleday will giveaway 5 copies of May The Road Rise Up to Meet You by Peter Troy. Just leave a comment here to be entered to win one of five copies (U.S. entries only please. Giveaway terms are here.) Enter by midnight on April 22nd!
I am pleased to welcome Peter Troy, the author of May The Road Rise Up To Meet You to Great Thoughts’ Great Authors. Here’s Peter on Uppity-ness (I love this guestpost!):
Each of the four characters in May the Road Rise Up to Meet You is what you could call uppity. I suppose they got that from me…or at least from the uppity-ness I found within myself in making the leap from high school history teacher to unemployed aspiring novelist. That was a bold enough leap, I thought, but then two years later, with completed draft in hand, I got downright uppity.
I was reading aloud from a section on one of the main characters, Ethan McOwen. As he was a young Irish lad, I read the section with a brogue, first just the dialogue, but then all of the prose…until about a page into the section it hit me: This was Ethan’s voice. This was how his story should be written.
Soon after that I overheard the conversation of three men sitting at a coffee shop and was taken by the incredible efficiency in their use of the language, never using five words when three would suffice…not unintelligent at all mind you, just fifty-miles-to-the-gallon efficient. And I knew that this was exactly how Micah would tell his story if he could.
Next came Mary, a slave who taught herself to speak with all the eloquence of a society woman, and would have several voices to carefully match the social circumstances, lest she seem too uppity, and offend the wrong person. Finally there was Marcella, who was similar to Elizabeth Bennett in some ways, but had a healthy splash of Gloria Steinem simmering just beneath the surface. Her prose voice would be all proper diction and grammar on top of her mostly unspoken sarcastic thoughts.
In converting their entire stories over to this new, distinct prose, I bent a few grammatical rules at first and then shattered others completely, certain I was causing my Catholic school grammar teachers to writhe in pain as if I’d been jabbing sharpened scythe-like question marks into their voodoo doll likenesses. But the characters became so authentic then.
As their stories intertwined and each of them evolved, some of the rougher edges of their prose styles were smoothed out. And then came the final step. By writing in the first second and third person, all these disparate threads now smoothly came together into one stitchin’ just the way the slave woman Gertie described it in the prologue. The book had become a metaphor for the very essence of its message, the need for seeing our lives from a broader perspective and with the faith that there is great meaning in each of them.
Oh, the uppity-ness of it all.
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Doubleday provided a digital review copy of this book via Edelweiss. All opinions are my own. Doubleday will send the books directly to the winners. Giveaway terms are here.
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