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Wednesday, August 04, 2021

Even Strangers on a Train Can Touch One Another in Meaningful Ways

After years of trying, it was a thrill when my fiction was accepted by a literary agent. I remember the excitement of meeting with her in her Columbus Circle office in New York City.

Just as exciting was when, less than a year later, she told me that she had found a publisher—Atticus Books—for my book.

Tracks: A Novel in Stories is set on a train traveling from Baltimore to Chicago. Each chapter is a stand-alone story about a passenger on the train. The stories connect to form a novel. A side character in one chapter becomes a main character in another, and different perspectives cast familiar passengers in new light.

Madison Smartt Bell called Tracks “a most cunningly crafted tale.” Thomas Steinbeck, son of John Steinbeck and a successful author in his own right, called Tracks and me “a terrific collection ... an exciting talent.”

Tracks also received good reviews from authors like Mary Beth Keane, Victoria Patterson, Jessica Anya Blau, Bathsheba Monk, and many others. You can find these and other reviews at www.ericdgoodman.com/tracks.html.

The best thing about the book is that it is still available on Amazon and at other booksellers as an original trade paperback and an ebook!


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