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The Moments Lost

A Midwest Pilgrim's Progress

Bruce Olds

Picador

Abandoning the Wisconsin dairy farm of his bookish, sexually precocious youth, Franklyn Shivs arrives in turn-of-the-century Chicago, where his position as a newspaper reporter, a job to which he is singularly ill suited, obliges his reluctant participation in a parade of "historic" events, even as his bohemian private life becomes ensnarled in a tangle of unorthodox human relationships. Among them is one with an uncommonly beautiful but unavailable woman whose inability to return his love compels his reexamination of the posture of indifference and disengagement he finds morally so alluring.
 
Assigned to cover the bloody Wobbly-led 1913 copper mine strike in northern Michigan, Franklyn is drawn into an illicit and passionate affair with one of the strike's most militant leaders. When she becomes pregnant with their child, he is faced with a decision—to betray himself or to endure the loss of the woman he loves, the consequences of which would not only affect the strike's outcome but also test the mettle of his humanity. 

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Praise for The Moments Lost

"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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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • 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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