Then, we revisit our 2015 interview with Lara Vapnek about her biography of one of the historical characters who appears in Walterâ€™s novel: Elizabeth Gurley Flynn. Itâ€™s called Rebel Girl.
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In 1909 Spokane Washington was the setting for one of the most important civil rights battles in our history. But the fight wasn’t about racial justice. It was about free speechâ€”specifically the right of workers to organize in the public sphere for labor rights.
That free speech fight provides the setting for Jess Walterâ€™s gripping new novel, The Cold Millions.
Itâ€™s an intimate story of brotherhood, love, sacrifice, and betrayal set against the backdrop of an early twentieth-century America that eerily echoes our own time, with its chasm between rich and poor.Â The Cold Millions is a compulsive read, featuring an unforgettable cast of cops and tramps, suffragists and socialists, madams and murderers.
Jess Walter is the author of nine books, including the bestselling novel The Beautiful Ruins.
Back in 2015, we talked with historian Lara Vapnek about her biography of the great labor organizer and champion of civil liberties, Elizabeth Gurley Flynn.Â We replay a long excerpt from that Writers Voice episode.