Work Song by Ivan Doig

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"[A] novel that best expresses the American spirit." –The Chicago Tribune

“If America was a melting pot, Butte seemed to be its boiling point,” observes Morrie Morgan, the itinerant teacher and inveterate charmer who stole readers’ hearts in The Whistling Season. A decade later, he steps off the train and into the copper mining capital of the world in its jittery 1919 heyday. While the riches of “the Richest Hill on Earth” may elude him, once again a colorful cast of local characters seek him out. Before long, Morrie is caught up in the clash between the ironfisted Anaconda Mining Company, radical “outside agitators,” and the beleaguered miners. As tensions build aboveground and below, Morrie finds a unique way to give a voice to those who truly need one, and Ivan Doig proves yet again why he’s reigning king of Western fiction.

About Ivan Doig

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Ivan Doig was born in Montana in 1939 and grew up along the Rocky Mountain Front, the dramatic landscape that has inspired much of his writing. A recipient of a lifetime Distinguished Achievement Award from the Western Literature Association, he is the author of eight previous novels, most recently The Whistling Season, and three works of nonfiction, including This House of Sky. He lives in Seattle.
Published May 26, 2010 by Riverhead. 304 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction

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Returning to Montana in 1919, ten years after he pinch-hit as a rural schoolteacher in The Whistling Season (2006), Morris Morgan finds the city of Butte roiled by labor unrest.

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Ivan Doig’s novel imagines Butte, Mont., under the baleful sway of the Anaconda mining company after World War I.

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Los Angeles Times

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The author's follow-up to 'The Whistling Season' is set in post World War I Butte, Mont., and populated with fascinating characters.

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Dallas News

By JENNY SHANK / Special Contributor to The Dallas Morning News Jenny Shank is the books and writers editor of NewWest.Net.

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Before the open pit mining technique as exemplified by the Berkeley pit took over the countryside, much of the copper mining in Butte was carried out underground.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Yet most critics praise Doig, a veteran writer of the West, for his ability to weave a story out of the familiar Montana countryside--or his panoramic, loving portrayal of those landscapes--and they explain Doig’s hold on readers as the result of an avuncular blend of history and nostalgia.

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