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Winner of the Langum Prize in American Historical Fiction

Jess Walter's latest book is The Cold Millions, a historical novel set in 1909 Spokane, Washington.

"A work of irresistible characters, harrowing advenures and rip-roaring fun ... ONE OF THE MOST CAPTIVATING NOVELS OF THE YEAR." - Ron Charles, The Washington Post

 

"MASTERLY ... Shifting perspectives and sharp plot twists contribute to the richness of the story, bringing a tumultuous time in American history to life." - The New Yorker

 

"Swelling with empathy … perfectly timed ... I haven't encountered a more satisfying and moving novel about the struggle for workers' rights in America." - Anita Felicelli, San Francisco Chronicle 

 

"Like all Jess Walter novels, "The Cold Millions" will break your heart and make you hopeful at the same time." - Mary Ann Gwinn, Seattle Times

 

"A tremendous work, a vivid, propulsive historical novel with a politcially explosive backdrop that reverberates through our own ..." - Steph Cha, USA Today

 

 


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Released on October 27, 2020

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The book Beautiful Ruins was a New York Times best seller for 69 weeks.

"WHY MINCE WORDS? BEAUTIFUL RUINS IS AN ABSOLUTE MASTERPIECE"- Richard Russo

"A Literary Miracle" - NPR's Fresh Air Novel of 2012 (Maureen Corrigan, NPR)

  • New York Times Best Seller: 69 weeks, five at #1
  • Esquire's 2012 Book of the Year
  • Audible and Salon's Audio Book of 2012 

New York Times Book Review: "A high-wire feat of bravura storytelling." 

 

 

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ONE OF BARACK OBAMA'S FAVORITE BOOKS OF 2019

 

"Captivating ... devastating ... funny because it's true, and horrible because it's true, and funny because it's horrible, and so on, forever. Fortunately, Walter is a bighearted man who excels at writing about other bighearted, if broken, men. That generosity of spirit, coupled with Walter's seeming inability to look away from the messy bits, elevates these stories from dirges to symphonies." - Allison Glock, New York Times Book Review


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