"[A] novel that best expresses the American spirit." -Chicago Tribune
A decade after he left Montana at the end of Ivan Doig's bestselling The Whistling Season, Morrie Morgan is back-this time in post- WWI Butte, the copper-mining capital of the world. When Morrie gets caught up in the mounting clash between the mining company, outside agitators, and the beleaguered miners, he finds a unique way to give a voice to those who truly need one.
Nobody reads only one novel by Ivan Doig--his riveting literary glimpses of 20th-century life in Montana are consistently shrewd, humorous, and uplifting enough to send readers scrambling for the rest of his catalog. Doig's exceptional 2006 novel THE WHISTLING SEASON, set in 1909, was ostensibly the story of the Milliron family, but the book's most memorable character was Morris "Morrie" Morgan, the vagabond scholar who reluctantly stepped in when the town's only schoolteacher ran off, and ended up imparting a series of unforgettable lessons. In this semi-sequel, Doig joins Morgan 10 years down the road as he returns to Butte, Montana and becomes embroiled in a dispute between the local union and a ruthless mining company. As usual, Doig enriches his central story with a slew of intricate side plots and compelling characters, including a beguiling widow who refuses to sell her boarding house, a librarian with a sprawling personal book collection and a secret past, and one of Morgan's former students who is engaged to the local union leader.
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- Riverhead Books
- July 5, 2011
- July 5, 2011
- Ivan Doig