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Jess Walter Discusses THE COLD MILLIONS

Jess Walter, author of BEAUTIFUL RUINS, will join us online on October 27th to discuss his new novel, THE COLD MILLIONS. He will be in conversation with local author Kathleen McCleary, author of LEAVING HEAVEN.

To join the live event, all you need to do is purchase a copy of COLD MILLIONS from us. We will then email you information about attending the online event!

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The author of the #1 New York Times bestseller BEAUTIFUL RUINS delivers another “literary miracle” (NPR)—a propulsive, richly entertaining novel about two adventure-seeking brothers, the enemies who threaten them, and the women who reveal to them an unjust world on the brink of upheaval.

The Dolan brothers 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 dashing 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 who introduces the brothers to a far more dangerous creature: a wealthy mining magnate who will stop at nothing to keep his wealth and his hold on Ursula.

Dubious of his brother’s idealism, Rye finds himself drawn to a fearless nineteen-year-old activist and feminist named Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, her passion sweeping him into the workers’ cause. 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 stunning, 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 powerful and moving tour de force from a “writer who has planted himself firmly in the first rank of American authors” (Boston Globe).

Jess Walter is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Beautiful Ruins, the national bestseller The Financial Lives of the Poets, the National Book Award finalist The Zero, the Edgar Award-winning Citizen Vince, Land of the Blind, the New York Times Notable Book Over Tumbled Graves, and the story collection We Live in Water. He lives in Spokane, Washington, with his family.

Kathleen McCleary is a journalist and author. She has written three novels: House and Home, A Simple Thing, and Leaving Haven. Her non-fiction articles have appeared in The New York Times, the Washington Post, Parade, Good Housekeeping, and many other publications.

Event date: 
Tuesday, October 27, 2020 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Arlington, VA 22213
Beautiful Ruins: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061928178
Availability: Available from Our Distributor (5+ days shipping)
Published: Harper Perennial - April 2nd, 2013