Pelican Road

Pelican Road

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Random House, Inc.
From the acclaimed author of The Judas Field, a beautiful and haunting portrait of the men who served on the great American railroads.

It’s Christmas Eve, 1940. Along an isolated stretch of railway between Meridian, Mississippi, and New Orleans, Louisiana, two locomotives travel toward one another through the dark winter landscape. A.P. Dunn, engineer aboard the 4512 southbound freight, reminisces about the last trip he made through the snow. And though he can remember every detail about that voyage in 1923, what he can’t recall are the events of a few hours ago — where he ate breakfast, how he got the gash on his forehead, or what he did to make his crew treat him so strangely.

On the northbound Silver Star, a luxury passenger train packed with returning college students and gift-bearing families, brakeman Artemus Kane has his own memories to contend with: French trenches and German snipers, a failed marriage, and a too-short layover spent with Anna, the brilliant and lonely woman he has just left behind in the Crescent City.

In Pelican Road, Howard Bahr returns to his greatest theme — the tragic nobility of those attempting to overcome difficult situations through love, honor, and sacrifice — and shows that on the railway, catastrophe is never more than a distracted moment away.

Baker & Taylor
Christmas Eve, 1940. On the Pelican Road, an isolated stretch of railway between Meridian, Mississippi and New Orleans, two trains travel toward one another through the snow. A.P. Dunn, engineer aboard the 4512, a southbound freight, can remember every detail of the last trip he made in the snow, in 1923. What he can't recall are the events of a few hours ago: where he ate his breakfast, how he got the troublesome gash. On the northbound Silver Star, a luxury passenger train packed with returning collegestudents and gift-bearing families, brakeman Artemus Kane has his own memories to contend with. Memories of French trenches and German snipers, of a failed marriage, of a too-short layover spent with Anna Rose Dangerfield, the brilliant and lonely woman he has just left behind in the Crescent City.--From publisher description.

Perseus Publishing
It’s Christmas Eve, 1940. Along an isolated stretch of railway between Meridian, Mississippi, and New Orleans, Louisiana, two locomotives travel toward one another through the dark winter landscape. A. P. Dunn, engineer aboard the 4512 southbound freight, reminisces about the last trip he made through the snow. And though he can remember every detail about that voyage in 1923, what he can’t recall are the events of a few hours ago — where he ate breakfast, how he got the gash on his forehead, or what he did to make his crew treat him so strangely.

On the northbound Silver Star, a luxury passenger train packed with returning college students and gift-bearing families, brakeman Artemus Kane has his own memories to contend with: French trenches and German snipers, a failed marriage, and a too-short layover spent with Anna, the brilliant and lonely woman he has just left behind in the Crescent City.

In Pelican Road, Howard Bahr returns to his greatest theme—the tragic nobility of those attempting to overcome difficult situations through love, honor, and sacrifice — and shows that on the railway, catastrophe is never more than a distracted moment away.


Blackwell North Amer
Christmas Eve, 1940. On an isolated stretch of railway between Meridian, Mississippi and New Orleans, two trains travel toward one another through the gray winter landscape. A. P. Dunn, engineer aboard the southbound freight, can remember every detail of the last trip he made through the snow, in 1923. What he can't recall are the events of a few hours ago - where he ate his breakfast, how he got the gash on his forehead, what he said or did to make his crew regard him so strangely.
On the northbound Silver Star, a luxury passenger train packed with returning college students and gift-bearing families, brakeman Artemus Kane has his own memories to contend with - memories of French foxholes and German snipers; of a failed marriage; of a too-short layover spent with Anna Rose Dangerfield, the brilliant and lonely woman he has just left behind in the Crescent City.
As the two trains draw closer together, catastrophe is never more than a distracted moment away. In his first novel set away from the Civil War, Howard Bahr returns to his greatest theme - the tragic nobility of men and women attempting to overcome difficult situations through love, honor, and sacrifice.

Baker
& Taylor

On Christmas Eve in 1940, on an isolated stretch of railroad between Meridian, Mississippi, and New Orleans, two trains--one a southbound freight driven by engineer A. P. Dunn, a man with no recollection of how he got a gash on his forehead; the other a luxury passenger train, in which brakeman Artemus Kane deals with his own haunting memories--draw ever closer together.

Publisher: San Francisco, CA : MacAdam/Cage, 2008
ISBN: 9781596922891
Characteristics: p. ; cm

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