The Travelers

The Travelers

Meet James Samuel Vincent, an affluent Manhattan attorney who shirks his modest Irish American background but hews to his father’s meandering ways. James muddles through a topsy-turvy relationship with his son, Rufus, which is further complicated when Rufus marries Claudia Christie.

Claudia’s mother—Agnes Miller Christie—is a beautiful African American woman who survives a chance encounter on a Georgia road that propels her into a new life in the Bronx. Soon after, her husband, Eddie Christie, is called to duty on an air craft carrier in Vietnam, where Tom Stoppard’s play “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” becomes Eddie’s life anchor, as he grapples with mounting racial tensions on the ship and counts the days until he will see Agnes again.

These unforgettable characters’ lives intersect with a cast of lovers and friends—the unapologetic black lesbian who finds her groove in 1970s Berlin; a moving man stranded in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, during a Thanksgiving storm; two half-brothers who meet as adults in a crayon factory; and a Coney Island waitress whose Prince Charming is too good to be true.

With piercing humor, exacting dialogue, and a beautiful sense of place, Regina Porter’s debut is both an intimate family portrait and a sweeping exploration of what it means to be American today.

Title:The Travelers
Edition Language:English
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    The Travelers Reviews

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    Thank you to Random House/Crown Publishing for the free book. The Travelers, with its gorgeous, vivid cover, has been a the perfect read to keep my mind busy. It has a host of characters (the author i...

  • Faith

    I expect that this book will receive a polarized response - you’re going to love it or hate it. When I saw a 2 page cast of characters at the beginning of the book, I was a little concerned (it turn...

  • ? Sandi ?

    3 stars Thanks to Penguin First to Read and Hogarth for the chance ot read and review this ARC. Publication is June 18, 2019.Once I read the synopsis of this book I really wanted to read it. Something...

  • Michelle

    3.5 stars “Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart, But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves mark...

  • Natasha Niezgoda

    A short review for the time being.I found no faults with this plotline or story. What I struggled with was the synergy from one chapter to the next. There seemed to be a lack of fluidity. At times it ...

  • Rebecca

    First of all, let me say that I loved this book. It was intense and real and my heart was broken after just the first 25 pages. This is not an easy book to review, because I don't know if my words can...

  • Jamise // Spines & Vines

    A layered multigenerational debut novel covering an expansive time period. I enjoyed the writing and how the characters were intertwined. The use of photos throughout the novel enhanced the reading ex...

  • Kathleen

    This is an odd little book which strangely I enjoyed very much. I say strangely because the format is put together almost like short stories and I didn't think I liked short stories. I will also say I...

  • Donna Hines

    The idea seemed fine the execution didn't quite make it.Traveling through time with two families and plenty of fluff.This one was so all over the place that 40 pages in I was ready to call it quits.So...

  • Pam

    Thank you Penguin Random House First to Read for a digital ARC. Ayana Mathis, author of The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, describes this book perfectly: “In The Travelers, generations of two families—o...