The Women of the Copper Country

The Women of the Copper Country

Book - 2019 | First Touchstone hardcover edition.
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From the bestselling and award-winning author of The Sparrow comes an inspiring historical novel about "America's Joan of Arc" Annie Clements--the courageous woman who started a rebellion by leading a strike against the largest copper mining company in the world.

In July 1913, twenty-five-year-old Annie Clements had seen enough of the world to know that it was unfair. She's spent her whole life in the copper-mining town of Calumet, Michigan where men risk their lives for meager salaries--and had barely enough to put food on the table and clothes on their backs. The women labor in the houses of the elite, and send their husbands and sons deep underground each day, dreading the fateful call of the company man telling them their loved ones aren't coming home. When Annie decides to stand up for herself, and the entire town of Calumet, nearly everyone believes she may have taken on more than she is prepared to handle.

In Annie's hands lie the miners' fortunes and their health, her husband's wrath over her growing independence, and her own reputation as she faces the threat of prison and discovers a forbidden love. On her fierce quest for justice, Annie will discover just how much she is willing to sacrifice for her own independence and the families of Calumet.

From one of the most versatile writers in contemporary fiction, this novel is an authentic and moving historical portrait of the lives of the men and women of the early 20th century labor movement, and of a turbulent, violent political landscape that may feel startlingly relevant to today.
Publisher: New York : Touchstone, 2019.
Edition: First Touchstone hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781982109585
1982109580
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: 339 pages ; 24 cm

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DCLadults Aug 14, 2019

A New & Noteworthy pick. The Keweenaw Peninsula is a real and breathtaking place in Michigan's remote Upper Peninsula. In the winter the snow never stops and the cold is fierce. Mary Doria Russell captures this and spins a tale from the true story of the copper miners and their families who tried to survive there in the early 1900s.

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