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The cold millions : a novel

Author: Jess Walter
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2020] ©2020
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"Orphans Gig and Rye Dolan don't have a penny to their names. The brothers work grueling, odd jobs each day just to secure a meal, and spend nights sleeping wherever they can with other day laborers. Twenty-three-year-old Gig is a passionate union man, fighting for fair pay and calling out the corrupt employers who exploit the working class. Eager to emulate his older brother, Rye follows suit, though he can't quite
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Genre/Form: Historical fiction
Fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Walter, Jess,
The cold millions
New York : HarperCollins Publishers, 2020.
(DLC) 2020000621
Named Person: Elizabeth Gurley Flynn; Elizabeth Gurley Flynn
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jess Walter
ISBN: 9780062868084 006286808X 9780063041271 0063041278 9780241374580 0241374588
OCLC Number: 1135914020
Description: 342 pages : map ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Jess Walter.

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"Orphans Gig and Rye Dolan don't have a penny to their names. The brothers work grueling, odd jobs each day just to secure a meal, and spend nights sleeping wherever they can with other day laborers. Twenty-three-year-old Gig is a passionate union man, fighting for fair pay and calling out the corrupt employers who exploit the working class. Eager to emulate his older brother, Rye follows suit, though he can't quite muster Gig's passion for the cause. But when Rye's turn on the soap box catches the eye of well-known activist and suffragette Elizabeth Gurley, he is swept into the world of labor activism--and dirty business. With his brother's life on the line, Rye must evade the barbaric police force, maneuver his way out of the clutches of a wealthy businessman--and figure out for himself what he truly stands for. The Cold Millions is a stunning portrait of class division and familial bonds. In this masterful historical take on the enduring saga of America's economic divide, Jess Walter delivers nothing less than another "literary miracle" (NPR)"--

The Dolans live by their wits, jumping freight trains and lining up for day work at crooked job agencies. 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. Rye finds himself drawn to a fearless activist and feminist named Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, who is on an I.W.W. fundraising tour. Soon he will be forced to decide where he stands. -- adapted from jacket

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