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The Travelers by Regina Porter

The Travelers

Regina Porter

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Imprint: Jonathan Cape Ltd
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publication date: 4 Jul 2019
ISBN: 9781787331006

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.

3 stars out of 5
Clare Clark
14 Aug 2019

"a sparkling American epic"

Porter’s tale abandons chronology to freewheel through time and place, in a series of seemingly random vignettes that loop through and around one another like knitting, veering off into new patterns, picking up dropped stitches of plot... It’s not always easy to keep track of who’s who – I found myself frequently flipping back to consult the two page cast of characters at the front of the novel – and there are moments when technical virtuosity tips over into tricksiness. On the whole, however, this is an exhilarating ride. Porter is a wickedly astute chronicler of human foibles and her sharp writing is often mordantly funny. It also brims with compassion.