The Travelers (Paperback)Regina Porter (author)
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Longlisted for the Orwell Prize for Political Fiction 2020
As America recovers from the Second World War, two families' journeys begin.
James Vincent, born in 1942 to an Irish-American family, escapes his parents' turbulent marriage and attends law school in New York, where he moves up the social ladder as a prosperous and bright attorney.
Meanwhile, Agnes Miller, a beautiful black woman on date with a handsome suitor, is pulled over by the police on a rural road in Georgia. The terrible moments that follow make her question her future and pivot her into a hasty marriage and new life in the Bronx.
Illuminating more than six decades of sweeping change - from the struggle for civil rights and the chaos of Vietnam to Obama's first year as President - James and Agnes's families will come together in unexpected, intimate and profoundly human ways.
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 256 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 20 mm
'The Travelers is a rare debut that heralds what should be a long and promising career.' - The Times Literary Supplement
'An astoundingly audacious debut.' - Oprah Magazine
'Regina Porter's sprawling, sparkling debut novel... is an exhilarating ride. Porter is a wickedly astute chronicler of human foibles. In her hands, this series of glimpses feels something like life itself.' - The Guardian
'Spanning six decades and three continents...[The Travelers] is held together by an elegant web of connections... Porter has a striking habit of telescoping time to chart individual trajectories... The often breathtaking immediacy and assurance of Porter's prose carries you through.' - The Daily Mail
'If you're looking for a poetic, spare, sometimes funny tale of ordinary people pining for meaningful connections - or if you're someone who wishes Raymond Carver had published a novel - you have arrived.' - The New York Times
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