Editorial: A chance to hear more of the ‘Tale’

Posted: Friday, March 8, 2013

Peter Troy is in town and if you missed his talks at Genesee Community College and Richmond Memorial Library Thursday, you still have a chance to hear him speak tonight in Albion and Saturday afternoon in Perry. Mr. Troy is the author of this year’s Tale for Three Counties selection, May the Road Rise Up to Meet You.

The annual project has been leading up to the author’s visit with book discussions in all three counties. And the 11th annual community reading project comes with an Irish brogue, a perfect fit for everyone’s favorite March holiday.

May the Road Rise Up to Meet You is a debut novel for Mr. Troy, a former high school history teacher in Brooklyn and Long Island. He says a three-week trip to Ireland that he took as a high school student ultimately influenced the story he tells in his novel. He had been part of a group of volunteers who built a playground outside Dublin for the travelers, a group similar to gypsies. As with many successful writers, the experiences of his own life mixed with imagination and the creative urge to write, resulting in a book that touches and thrills readers.

The story follows the journey of Ethan McOwen, from a young immigrant in New York City to his becoming a respected photographer. Interwoven with Ethan’s story are the stories of outspoken Spanish princess Marcella, carpenter slave Micah and dressmaker slave Mary. Their stories together have been described as the “quintessential American story” by several reviewers.

If you’ve read this year’s selection, the author’s visit is a great chance to hear the “inside story,” of where his inspiration came from and how he went about his work. And whether you’ve read the book or not, it’s a chance to try for some hints of what might happen in the other two parts of Mr. Troy’s planned trilogy.

Mr. Troy will speak at 7 tonight at the Hoag Library, 134 South Main St., Albion, and at 2 p.m. Saturday at Perry Elementary/Middle School Auditorium, 50 Olin Ave., Perry.

Once again, thanks go to all the area librarians and Tale for Three Counties members who introduced another fine book to area readers. And also, a welcome goes out to Mr. Troy. His hard work has warmed the hearts of book lovers through this cold Western New York winter.

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