A Verse-novel

Paperback - 2007
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Ludlow tells the story of a handful of immigrants—Greek, Mexican, Scottish, Italian—in southern Colorado, climaxing in the Ludlow Massacre of April 1914, in which elements of the Colorado National Guard killed striking miners and family members. The novel follows two primary characters: the fictional Luisa Mole, orphaned in the opening chapter, who must choose between life among the miners and the middle-class family who adopt her; and the historical figure Louis a Cretan immigrant who, in the course of the book, becomes a labor organizer and a Ludlow martyr. But several minor characters—Too Tall MacIntosh, Lefty Calabrini, George Reed and his family, and even John D. Rockefeller, Jr.—also play significant roles in the book, which never succumbs to simplistic political pieties, but is engaged with identity and being. The book ends long after the massacre, with America changed by more wars and upheaval, in a scene where the author comes to know Luisa Mole more fully and imaginatively. Ludlow is a searing story told with great art and a major contribution to the literature of the American West.
Publisher: Los Angeles, Calif. : Red Hen Press, c2007.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781597090841
Branch Call Number: 811.54
PS3563.A7879 L83 2007
Characteristics: 230 p. : map ; 23 cm.


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