Iona Iverson's Rules for Commuting

by Clare Pooley tells the story of seven commuters whose lives intersect on the train. Veteran advice columnist Iona Iverson makes a rule about never talking to anyone on her morning and evening commute, although she makes assumptions, invents nicknames, and envisions life stories about her fellow travelers – as they do about her. But one morning, one of the regular passengers, Piers, starts choking on a grape and the others jump up to help, intertwining their fates. The book’s perspective jumps between the commuters, fleshing out their characters and lives with rich backstories. Pooley, the author of The Authenticity Project, has written a warm, feel-good novel about the surprising kindness of strangers.