Welcome to Teaser Tuesdays, hosted by Should Be Reading.  This is an event that features bookish excerpts.

To join in, just go to the link….

Here’s how it works:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers.

Today I’m sharing from a book that I’ve been waiting for…a story that features a time in the past and its haunting search for hope amid the debris of an American tragedy:  The Train of Small Mercies, by David Rowell.


In New York, a young black porter struggles through his first day on the job-a staggering assignment aboard Robert F. Kennedy’s funeral train. In Pennsylvania, a woman creates a tangle of lies to sneak away from her disapproving husband and pay her respects to the slain senator, dragging her child with her. In Maryland, a wounded young soldier awaits a newspaper interview that his parents hope will restore his damaged self-esteem. And in Washington, an Irish nanny in town to interview with the Kennedy family must reconcile the lost opportunity and the chance to start her life anew.

In this stunning debut, David Rowell depicts disparate lives united by an extraordinary commemoration, irrevocably changed as Kennedy’s funeral train makes its solemn journey from New York to Washington.


Teaser: Delores looked at the wet red paint on her posterboard.  It read:  “Our prayers are with you, Ethel,” but now her choice of red filled her with regret.  It was blood red. p. 40


I’m eager to immerse myself in this poignant story.  What are you excerpting today?  I hope you’ll stop by and share….


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