The Cold Millions

A Novel

by Jess Walter

On Sale: 10/27/2020

The Cold Millions

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The Cold Millions

A Novel

by Jess Walter

On Sale: 10/27/2020

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About the Book

One of the most anticipated books of the season: The Millions, Vogue, People, New York Post, Medium, The Philadelpiha Inquirer, Newsday, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Beautiful Ruins delivers another “literary miracle” (NPR)—a propulsive, richly entertaining novel about two brothers swept up in the turbulent class warfare of the early twentieth century.

The Dolans live by their wits, jumping freight trains and lining up for day work at crooked  job agencies. While sixteen-year-old Rye yearns for a steady job and a home, his older brother, Gig, dreams of a better world, fighting alongside other union men for fair pay and decent treatment. Enter Ursula the Great, a vaudeville singer  who performs with a live cougar and introduces the brothers to a far more dangerous creature: a mining  magnate determined to keep his wealth and his hold on Ursula.

Dubious of Gig’s idealism, Rye finds himself drawn to a fearless nineteen-year-old activist and feminist named Elizabeth Gurley Flynn. But a storm is coming, threatening to overwhelm them all, and Rye will be forced to decide where he stands. Is it enough to win the occasional  battle, even if you cannot win the war?

An intimate story of brotherhood, love, sacrifice,  and betrayal set against the panoramic backdrop of an early twentieth-century America that eerily echoes our own time, The Cold Millions offers a  kaleidoscopic portrait of a nation grappling with the chasm between rich and poor, between harsh realities and simple dreams. Featuring an unforgettable cast of cops and tramps, suffragists and socialists, madams and murderers, it is a tour de force from a “writer who has planted himself firmly  in the first rank of American authors” (Boston Globe).

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Critical Praise

The Cold Millions is a literary unicorn: a book about socio-economic disparity that’s also a page-turner, a postmodern experiment that reads like a potboiler, and a beautiful, lyric hymn to the power of social unrest in American history. It’s funny and harrowing, sweet and violent, innocent and experienced; it walks a dozen tightropes. Jess Walter is a national treasure.” - Anthony Doerr, author of All the Light We Cannot See

“The Beautiful Ruins author has produced another layered, multi-character panorama.”  - Vogue

“Another home run for the author of Beautiful Ruins.” - Kim Hubbard, People Magazine

“The fact that the same author has written books as wildly different and all as transporting as The Zero, The Financial Lives of the PoetsBeautiful Ruins, and now this latest tour de force is testimony to Walter’s protean storytelling power and astounding ability to set a scene, any scene…. We have heard that Jess Walter writes nonstop: Seven days a week, 365 days a year. Please, never stop.” - Kirkus, starred review

“Superb…. a splendid postmodern rendition of the social realist novels of the 1930s by Henry Roth, John Steinbeck, and John Dos Passos, updated with strong female characters and executed with pristine prose. This could well be Walter’s best work yet.” - Publishers Weekly, starred review

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Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062868084
  • ISBN 10: 006286808X
  • Imprint: Harper
  • On Sale: 10/27/2020
  • Pages: 352
  • List Price:35.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : FICTION / Literary
  • BISAC2 : FICTION / Historical
  • BISAC3 : FICTION / Westerns

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