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The Travelers
A Novel
By (author): Regina Porter
9780525576198 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / African American / General Jun 18, 2019
$36.00 CAD
Active 6.37 x 9.52 x 1.06 in | 1.18 lb 320 pages B/W PHOTOS THROUGHOUT Random House Hogarth
A sweeping and devastating debut novel following two American families, one white and one black, from the 1950s through Barack Obama’s first year as president, and grappling with America’s painful history of racism and sexism

James Vincent is born in 1942 to a working-class white couple whose marriage was already on the rocks. James struggles to move beyond a difficult childhood and escapes the violence at home to attend law school in Michigan, where he begins, ultimately, to envision his future as prosperous and bright.

Meanwhile, on a rural road in Georgia, Agnes Green, a black woman on her first date with a handsome suitor, is pulled over by the police, and the terrible moments that follow make her question whether she will have a future at all. As the years unspool ahead of them, unexpected turns of fate will connect these two lives and their families: two Americans who each come up against the forces of race, class, and gender that change—and end—ordinary lives.

Bearing witness to the civil rights movement, the Vietnam War, and the first term of Obama’s presidency, THE TRAVELERS is both an intimate family portrait and a searing examination of the hauntings and traumas still reverberating in America today and the wounds in our history we have not healed. With its assured prose, memorable dialogue, and remarkable sense of place, THE TRAVELERS introduces Regina Porter as a rising literary star.

INCREASINGLY URGENT SUBJECT MATTER: THE TRAVELERS traces the painful and often impossible conversations and histories of race and gender in America, but deploys these truths with the empathy and imagination of fiction. Readers will be eager for such a space to engage with these sensitive subjects.

AUTHOR IS A LITERARY DARLING WITH ENORMOUS TALENT: Regina Porter is an award-winning playwright and a poet, and her writing has been widely published and anthologized. She is recent University of Iowa MFA graduate and a remarkable writer with a huge amount of both literary and commercial potential, and we plan to publish her debut novel as a major literary event.

WON IN A MULTI-HOUSE AUCTION: Hogarth won THE TRAVELERS in a heated auction between several different houses, and Michal Shavit also pre-empted for Jonathan Cape in the UK.

Regina Porter is a graduate of the MFA fiction program at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was an Iowa Arts Fellow and a Rae Armour West Postgraduate Scholar. Her writing has been published in the Harvard Review, Tin House, and the Oxford Review. She is also an award-winning playwright. Regina’s debut novel The Travelers was nominated for the Edinburgh International Book Festival’s First Book Award, France’s Prix Medicis for Foreign Literature and Grand Prize for American Literature, a Barnes & Noble Discovery Notable fiction title, longlisted for the 2020 Orwell Political Fiction Prize, and a runner-up for the 2020 PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Novel.

Author Residence: Brooklyn, NY

Author Hometown: Savannah, GA

Marketing: Digital advertising campaign

Social media promotion on author’s Twitter, @ReginaMPorter

Targeted buzz mailings to author’s VIPs

Book club promotions

Enrollment in early reviewer programs

Features on ReadItForward.com and Signature-Reads.com

Library and academic marketing



Publicity: National Publicity

National review and feature attention

National/regional NPR

Author events and interviews out of NYC



Author Social Media: @ReginaMPorter

“If you’re looking for a poetic, spare, sometimes funny tale of ordinary people pining for meaningful connections—or if you’re someone who wishes Raymond Carver had published a novel—you have arrived.”The New York Times Book Review

“In this innovative and deeply moving debut, Regina Porter has mastered the kind of alchemy found in a great painting by Poussin: her canvas is vast, her subject ambitious, yet her execution is so brilliantly devoted to particulars that it creates a miraculous intimacy. The beauty of this book lies in how Porter’s characters, through resilience and community, art and creative love, cut new doors out of the corners they’ve been backed into by history.”—Garth Greenwell, author of What Belongs to You

“Porter’s fantastic debut novel is a whirl of characters spidering outward through time and space. . . . Beautifully written and intricately plotted.”Kirkus Reviews

The Travelers is unlike anything I’ve ever read. Regina Porter masterfully and imaginatively charts the intersecting lives of these characters, revealing how connected we are not only to the ones we love, but also those we encounter in passing—how we form and are formed by one another in ways entirely unknown to us. Each character’s perspective is rendered with such intimacy and spirit that it is a jarring pleasure to encounter them again through the eyes of their children or lovers, illuminating just how little we know of the fullness of the inner lives of our loved ones, or of the legacies we inherit.”—Fatima Farheen Mirza, author of A Place for Us

“In The Travelers, generations of two families—one black and one white—journey across time, race, geography, and the wounds of history with sweeping breadth and disarming intimacy. Porter’s debut signals the arrival of a fully formed, singular talent. You’ve been wanting to read this book for a long time; it's just that Porter hadn’t written it yet.”—Ayana Mathis, author of The Twelve Tribes of Hattie

The Travelers is a great, grand tabernacle of a novel, under the roof of which it seems the entire history of the United States and all its people has been gathered into a single blazing congregation. It is full of tales tall and short, lives black, white, and every shade between, from the north, south, east, and west. None but the biggest-hearted, sharpest-eyed, most generous-spirited of writers could pull off a book like this. Regina Porter is some kind of visionary.”—Paul Harding, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Tinkers

“Regina Porter’s The Travelers is not only the compelling intergenerational saga of two intertwining families, but also a deadpan and mordant chronicle of twentieth-century America’s casual intolerance and racial violence, as well as a series of portraits of intrepid women, a celebration of family responsibility, and an impassioned reminder that we most honor those we loved by continuing to love others.”—Jim Shepard, National Book Award–shortlisted author of Like You’d Understand, Anyway

The Travelers is a thrillingly ambitious, deeply affecting event. Regina Porter has a great ear and a capacious heart. Her dialogue presses us to the very souls of her many fabulous and fascinating characters, and her understanding of human emotion makes one want to linger at every step of this grand journey. There is so much offered here—race, history, love, loss, and family, just to name a few—that this debut novel should be considered nothing less than a supreme act of generosity.”—Jamel Brinkley, National Book Award–shortlisted author of A Lucky Man

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