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Trains and Lovers


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“McCall Smith’s generous writing and dry humor, his gentleness and humanity, and his ability to evoke a place and a set of characters without caricature or condescension have endeared his books to readers.”

The New York Times


“Alexander McCall Smith writes about the enduring, patient qualities of love.”

The Times of London


The questions contained in this guide are designed to enhance your reading group’s discussion of Trains and Lovers. A stand-alone novel from one of the today’s most endearing and prolific authors, this newest gem studies the way strangers thrown together may briefly, unexpectedly, open up their lives.

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McCall Smith, Alexander
Smith, Alexander McCall
Literature-A to Z
Publication Date:
7.29 x 5.25 x 1.03 in 0.66 lb

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Product details 256 pages Pantheon - English 9780307908544 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

The latest stand-alone novel by Alexander McCall Smith is a slight departure from his usual fare. It lacks the charm and lightness of his other offerings but gives, instead, a truly heartfelt dissertation on love. 

Melancholy, poignant, and bittersweet, Trains and Lovers has four tales of romance — warts and all. Four strangers take a long train ride, sharing their personal stories along the way. Andrew tells his own love story, Kay tells the love story of her parents, Hugh tells a story of his slightly sinister entanglement, and David tells his story of a lifetime of longing for an unrequited love. 

McCall Smith takes a ride on the serious side this time around; he paints a picture that is just a little more substantial than his usual "comfort food of literature" fare, and it is definitely worth a read.

"Review" by , ldquo;The best thing McCall Smith has written so far....He is a virtuoso storyteller whose tales from the human heart remain very definitely on track.”
"Review" by , “McCall Smith’s deceivingly simple prose style can be both disarming and deeply affecting....That four strangers should meet and tell such compelling stories is highly unlikely, but such is McCall Smith’s ability to draw us into his kindly world, disbelief is more than willingly suspended.”
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