The Moments Lost

A Midwest Pilgrim's Progress

Bruce Olds

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Franklyn Shivs is a Wisconsin farm boy with a mind too vigorous, too full of desire, for a life on the farm. Leaving home as a young man, he heads south to turn-of-the-century Chicago, a city untamed and turbulent enough to challenge each of his dreams and talents. There he becomes a newspaper reporter, rising through the masthead and learning the back alleys, the tavern manners, the corruption and conflict that underlie the city's grandeur. Dispatched to Northern Michigan to cover the bloody copper mine strike of 1913, he falls in love with the strike's most militant leader, the estranged wife of one of the miners. Their affair forces him to choose between principle and passion, a decision likely to affect the outcome of the strike and the future of the labor movement. With careening, virtuosic prose, Bruce Olds brings to full-blooded life a watershed moment in American history through the experience of a distinctly American protagonist.    

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"Shines a bright, brave light . . . on one of the darkest chapters in our nation's labor history."--Chicago Tribune

 

"Olds has achieved something extraordinary. . . .  A masterly narrative that equals the best of John Dos Passos's U.S.A. trilogy."--The Capital Times (Madison)

 

"At its best, acrobatically beautiful and remarkably penetrating . . . Exquisite, violent detail."--Publishers Weekly

 

"Olds writes like a lunatic thesaurus come to life."--Booklist

 


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Bruce Olds

BRUCE OLDS is the author of two novels: Bucking the Tiger, an ALA Notable Book adapted for the stage as The Confessions of Doc Holliday; and Raising Holy Hell, a Pulitzer Prize finalist and an IMPAC Dublin Literary Award nominee that was also named Novel of the Year by the Notable Books Council of the American Library Association and winner of the QPB New Voices Award for Fiction. His nonfiction work has appeared in Granta and American Heritage, among other publications, and has been anthologized by the Modern Library and MIT Press. He lives in Chicago.

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The Moments Lost
A Midwest Pilgrim's Progress
Bruce Olds

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Picador
April 2008
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312426774
ISBN10: 0312426771
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 480 pages
$20.00
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