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November Road by Lou Berney

November Road

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by Lou Berney

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A New Orleans mobster who knows too much, a young mother on the run, and the daring escape that might get them both killed.

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Why I love it

Plot, setting, and character. It’s a simple three-ingredient recipe—you might call it Satisfying Novel Surprise—yet many (even most!) authors tend to skimp on one or another … or all three. Few works of fiction, in my experience, spin a gripping story and drench it in atmosphere and people it with a relatable, three-dimensional cast. Fewer still do so in perfect proportion.

But Lou Berney’s November Road is no ordinary work of fiction. November, 1963: The country is roiling in the wake of JFK’s murder, and one mob lieutenant suspects he may have unwittingly participated in the crime. He makes a run for the West Coast, inadvertently picking up a runaway housewife and her two daughters along the way. As they light out for coastal California, these four fugitives bond in ways as unexpected (yet credible) as they are poignant (yet exciting).

This altogether wondrous novel resists categorization. It’s a thriller; it’s a period piece; it’s a character study. Above all, though, November Road is an experience—so vivid, so indelible, that it feels as much our story as it does our heroes’. I’m delighted to present to Book of the Month readers a new American classic.

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A loyal street lieutenant to New Orleans mob boss Carlos Marcello, Frank Guidry has learned that everybody is expendable. But now it’s his turn—he knows too much about the crime of the century: the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. With few good options, Guidry hits the road to Las Vegas to see an old associate—a dangerous man who hates Marcello enough to help Guidry vanish.

When Guidry sees a beautiful housewife on the side of the road with a broken-down car, he sees the perfect disguise to cover his tracks from the hit men on his tail. Posing as an insurance man, Guidry offers to help Charlotte—on the run from a stifling existence in small-town Oklahoma and a kindly husband who’s a hopeless drunk—reach her destination.

But fugitives shouldn’t fall in love, because a road isn’t just a road—it’s a trail, and Guidry’s ruthless and relentless hunters are closing in on him. But now Guidry doesn’t want to just survive, he wants to really live, maybe for the first time.

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Get an early look from the first pages of Lou Berney's November Road.

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  • Greenville, SC

    I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. The story of a gangster and a housewife with two daughters both fleeing unsavory situations was compelling. I also liked how the tables were turned wherethwheret

  • Front Royal , VA

    Super easy to read - loved it ! Read it in two “sessions “ ???? if u were alive when President Kennedy was killed, it might be more interesting to u - I could picture some of the scenes .. loved it !

  • Fort Wayne , IN

    I loved the time period of this historical fiction novel (days surrounding the assassination of JFK). The plot moved song quickly;I fell in love with the characters. I couldn’t help but root for them!

  • Irving, TX

    Such a good story! Loved how it jumped from the two characters and aloud you to see both sides of the experience! My only problem was there were a few typos and sometimes the way they wrote didn’t flo

  • Banning, CA

    This book was amazing! I didn’t read it for a long time cause I didn’t think I’d like it but once I started, I couldn’t put it down. The ending wasn’t what I wanted, but it was still amazing.

  • Tacoma, WA

    Super fast read. Sure parts are far fetched, but it’s catchy & unique weaving of a guy and gal both escaping their rut of life so completely opposite from each other. Good potential travel/beach read.

  • Plymouth, MN

    Finished this book in one day, it immediately hooks you! Keeps you on the edge of your seat. It’s fast paced but still does a wonderful job of describing characters and settings. One of my favorites!

  • Apex, NC

    The Kennedy assassination as seen from the viewpoint of a man who's part of New Orleans Mob. He wants to escape Mob after Texas job and falling in love; even though he knows death is the only way out!

  • Houston, TX

    Wanted more on mob involvement in JFK’s death. As a young girl my family stayed at his motel and Carlos would always greet us in the morning at breakfast. Surreal as an adult knowing I have met him.

  • Powell, TN

    I almost didn't pick this book because it just didn't seem like my "cup of tea." Sooo glad I did. Magical setting of New Orleans and Vegas in the sixties, amazing characters, beautiful story. LOVED it

  • Woodside, NY

    I love this book! I was instantly hooked and couldn't put it down. I loved all the characters and the story set in this sudden moment in history. There's something for everyone. And that ending - ugh!

  • Tucson, AZ

    I'm not sure why, but I put off reading this book, I picked it up again recently from my bookshelf and very quickly was drawn in to the story and really came to love the characters, well worth the rea

  • Winterport, ME

    This was such an unexpected and amazing book. Based on the premise that the mob was behind JFK's assassination, a man fleeing from the truth and a woman and her daughters fleeing an unhappy marriage .

  • Keller, TX

    Very easy to get into this read & stay engaged! Great story & would definitely recommend. One of those books that you think about throughout the day and can’t wait to find moments to dive back in.

  • Tampa, FL

    Interesting take on the Kennedy assassination and all the complicated connections. A bit of a cat and mouse story along with the development of a strong independent woman and mother. Interesting read.

  • Glen Rock, NJ

    This book surprised me. It is slow moving which only added to the drama and suspense. Loved the twists and turns. You couldn't't predict what would happen next but couldn't wait to see. Loved the end!

  • st.marys, OH

    The book can be described in two ways, interesting and satisfying. I just kept turning the pages. I started the book Friday night and finished it Sunday afternoon. I found the ending oddly satisfying.


    I liked the fact the mobster fell in love with the female lead and her two children; sadly, his past would catch up with him; and, staying close put their lives in danger; he sacrificed for his love.

  • New City, NY

    Loved the character development & how the plot slowly intertwined.There definitely was well-done background historical research. Biggest disappointment was the rushed/slightly forced expected ending.

  • Napa, CA

    Loved the characters and writing. Felt myself indentifying with Charlotte about her dissatisfaction with her small life, and wanting more not just for herself, but for her kids. Loved the epilogue.

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