Spanning two continents and three centuries, National Book Award winner Colum McCann's latest novel weaves together stories of both fictional and well-known historical figures, including Frederick Douglass, the former slave and abolitionist, and Sen. George Mitchell, who helped broker peace in Northern Ireland. The novel explores the chance encounters and ordinary moments that don't make the history books, but can illuminate a period in time. We speak with the author about the role of fiction in the telling of history.
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From the book "TransAtlantic" by Colum McCann. Copyright © 2013 by Colum McCann. Reprinted by arrangement with Random House, an imprint of The Random House Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.