Tracks: A Novel in Stories

Eric D. Goodman

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Tracks: A Novel in Stories

Tracks A Novel in Stories Fiction Winner of the Independent Publisher Book Award IPPY Gold Medal for Best Fiction from the U S Mid Atlantic Region This novel in stories follows a diverse group of passengers on a train fro

  • Title: Tracks: A Novel in Stories
  • Author: Eric D. Goodman
  • ISBN: 9780984510573
  • Page: 342
  • Format: Paperback
  • Fiction Winner of the 2012 Independent Publisher Book Award IPPY Gold Medal for Best Fiction from the U.S Mid Atlantic Region This novel in stories follows a diverse group of passengers on a train from Balti to Chicago, revealing the secrets of their past, their hopes for the future and just how intertwined their lives really are.Journey by train from Balti toFiction Winner of the 2012 Independent Publisher Book Award IPPY Gold Medal for Best Fiction from the U.S Mid Atlantic Region This novel in stories follows a diverse group of passengers on a train from Balti to Chicago, revealing the secrets of their past, their hopes for the future and just how intertwined their lives really are.Journey by train from Balti to Chicago via the perspectives of a diverse array of passengers They are the strangers we meet every day a soldier slowly losing her faith in the war, a businesswoman learning to balance her job and the family she loves, a computer geek turned criminal, a Holocaust survivor finding hope in facing his fears, couples in love, a man dealing with the death of his parents, a poet hunting for inspiration, and a hit woman with a job to finish before the train arrives at its destination Watch as these and other characters lives and stories seamlessly link and intersect, quietly shaping and changing one another.From nefarious goings on in a Fells Point row house to prestigious partying on Federal Hill, Goodman s Balti is immediately recognizable and real The stories in TRACKS stand alone, but they become stronger when linked together A secondary character in one story becomes the main character in the nextACKS examines the decisions each character faces and how those decisions, as well as their interactions with the other passengers, alter the path ahead and cast past experiences and choices in a new light.

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    1. TC on said:

      Tracks relates a train journey from Baltimore to Chicago through the eyes of a number of passengers and the conductor. Each has their own reasons for being on the train, and their own stories but for a time their paths cross and in some cases affect the course of their fellow passengers' lives. This is effectively another book of short stories tied together by the intersection of the characters' lives and a common location. However there is also a definite progression in the story with events af [...]

    2. Lea on said:

      It must be me but this booked bored me beyond belief - to the degree i couldnt finish it !!!

    3. Anika Titly on said:

      Next time I ride a train, these characters will be with meI really enjoyed this book. Was it a novel or a collection of stories? Both, if it matters. It’s nice because you can enjoy these stories about passengers on a train by themselves. But they also join together and compliment each other. A character that you think you have figured out shows up in another story, and you see them from a whole new point of view. Or things happen to them that completely change what you thought was the resolut [...]

    4. Paul Stankus on said:

      The start of a train ride, like the start of many journeys, is full of promise—yet by the end of the trip, several lives are forever changed. It is not the train itself who changes them but by its mere conveyance, but of the actions of the characters within the hollow aluminum and steel tube. For inside this train we find life, love, lust, deception, loneliness, despair, forgiveness, acceptance and finality. Each unwitting participant plays a role and we the reader, see the same events from a [...]

    5. Shirley Brewer on said:

      Eric Goodman's novel-in-stories captivated me, not once but twice! And I found the second reading even richer, as I delved into the lives of passengers on a train traveling from Baltimore to Chicago. Goodman skillfully weaves his stories into a seamless "track" - not a sleeper in the bunch! He allows us to see his characters in numerous stories - sometimes as features, other times as accessories.The author takes us on a journey beyond the faces and facades of passengers, revealing their inner do [...]

    6. Debra Leigh Scott on said:

      Eric Goodman is a great writer, and a terrific observer of the human condition. I reviewed this wonderful book when it was published, and urged readers to hurry out and buy it. I stand by my urging and say buy this book. Part of my review at NYJB said, "“The train has a way of transforming a person. Sometimes passengers become aware of things they didn’t know before boarding. Something about the stillness on a moving train, being around people and alone at the same time. They’re neither he [...]

    7. Lenae on said:

      There are so many great things about this book. First, if you have a bit of a short attention span or a crazy hectic life, like me, the format is perfect. Each story can stand on its own of if I find myself with more time I can keep reading. I'm not a critic of any notable regard but Eric really did fantastic with his "Novel in Stories", there is truly something for everyone, love, heartbreak, regret, history, joy, violenceeverything life has to offer Eric has captured and wrestled it into words [...]

    8. Margo Christie on said:

      Though I question whether this collection of interwoven stories is truly a novel, as the subtitle claims, the overlapping of narratives and the appearance of characters as bit players in other characters' tales adds intrigue to the collection as a whole. Every one of Goodman's characters is in transition, moving away from their past and toward their uncertain futures as the train they inhabit for a day or two inches its way from Baltimore to Chicago. Goodman is a skillful storyteller, ending eac [...]

    9. Serena on said:

      Tracks by Eric D. Goodman is a expressive and reflective novel told in stories or what some would call a short story collection published by Maryland-based publisher Atticus Books, and unlike other short story collections, there are very few weak stories, if any. Each protagonist in the story is on the train headed somewhere and each of their lives is in transition, from a young woman on the verge of promotion who must decide between lover and career to a man and woman at the end of their years [...]

    10. Erin on said:

      I received a copy of Tracks by Eric D. Goodman from the author in exchange for an honest review.The setting: a train. The characters: its passengers. In a series of overlapping short stories, the latter are introduced. As each takes the spotlight for a story, as the train makes its steady way from Baltimore to Chicago, the tales of those aboard unfold.My first thought when I heard about Tracks was that the premise and the way the novel’s format reflected it sounded quite intriguing. Goodman pu [...]

    11. Jay on said:

      Train rides on Amtrak can often be very long and when I'm not reading or doing work I'm often wondering of the stories of other riders. So Tracks was right up my alley. I enjoyed the development of many of the characters and also enjoyed how several of their stories became intertwined. Overall a worthwhile read.

    12. Sarah on said:

      I really enjoyed this book, following each character on their journey. It was neat to see how they were all separate but connected. It was a very easy read. Nice job Eric!

    13. Tony Perzow on said:

      All aboard for an inspiring readAfter reading Goodman’s Womb: a novel in utero, I decided to go back and take a look at his earlier book, Tracks. I’m glad I did. Womb might have the more original concept, but I liked Tracks even better. This novel in stories is all about passengers on an Amtrak train. Each passenger has his or her own story, many of them taking place in Baltimore (where the train starts) or Chicago (where it ends). But they also interact in the train. And the best character [...]

    14. Marjean Murray on said:

      This is a unique novel and a fun read. Like each car on the Amtrak train, each story opens the life of a particular passenger on a trip from Baltimore to Chicago. Goodman connects these lives in fascinating and poignant ways. The writing is well done, the characters have depth and there's some mystery that makes you not want the trip to end. The perfect book for summer travel, whether your mode be car, plane or train.

    15. Dani on said:

      I loved the premise of this book, short stories all intertwined into a novel. Some of the stories I really enjoyed, like the older Jewish woman visiting the holocaust museum. Loved the references to Baltimore since it is my home town, but I think this novel needs something. The stories oscillated between points of potential greatness to pat same old same old expected story line. I think this author has potential and hope that he can make the leap to the next level.

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