David Rowell “The Train of Small Mercies”

November 28th, 2011

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A formal funeral train is a nineteenth-century tradition that essentially ended in 1968 with the solemn transport of Robert F. Kennedy’s body from New York to Washington for burial.

David Rowell

A well-known book of photographs taken along the train’s sad slow journey by Look Magazine’s Paul Fusco inspired Washington Post Magazine editor David Rowell to write his first novel. “The Train of Small Mercies” is a product of Rowell’s imagination, but it’s based on the imagined lives of some of the real people captured in Fusco’s photographs.

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So we meet housewives, businessmen, Vietnam veterans, Nixon supporters, white and black, young and old, all drawn to the Kennedy funeral train — and, hopefully, a sign that their lives and dreams will go on.

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