I just came across this fantastic interview with Colum McCann right after he was nominated for the National Book Award. I encourage you to read it:
In this interview McCann mentions the title of his book came from this line in , Locksley Hall a Tennyson poem:
“Not in vain the distance beacons. Forward, forward let us range.”
Let the great world spin forever down the ringing grooves of change.
To read Locksley Hall in its entirety: