BookBrowse Reviews Iona Iverson's Rules for Commuting by Clare Pooley

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Iona Iverson's Rules for Commuting

A Novel

by Clare Pooley

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Iona Iverson's Rules for Commuting by Clare Pooley
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    Jun 2022, 352 pages

    Aug 8, 2023, 352 pages


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While commuting, many don't acknowledge other passengers with so much as a nod, but when a man almost dies choking, a group of people who have nothing in common bond with one another.

For the many years that I've been reading, one realization has always come to mind for me after putting down any book: Everyone has an unknown story. Iona Iverson's Rules for Commuting by Clare Pooley perfectly depicts this truth. Pooley's characters — Iona, Piers, Sanjay, Emmie and Martha — are people we can imagine passing on a sidewalk, and within them, we find intricate thoughts and emotions that may at times mirror our own. These characters all take the train to get to their respective destinations, and they form relationships with one another after Piers, a man Iona describes as having too much pride, ends up choking during the commute. This becomes a catalyst for a series of events pulling them together. Some are having mid-life crises, while others are juggling teenage dreams. Their five different stories intertwine with one another to create a full picture, with each...

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