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The Women of the Copper Country: A Novel (edição: 2019)

de Mary Doria Russell (Autor)

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"In July 1913, twenty-five-year-old Annie Clements had seen enough of the world to know that it was unfair. She's spent her whole life in the coal-mining town of Calumet, Michigan where men risk their lives for meager salaries--and had barely enough to put food on the table and clothes on their backs. The women labor in the houses of the elite, and send their husbands and sons deep underground each day, dreading the fateful call of the company man telling them their loved ones aren't coming home. When Annie decides to stand up for herself, and the entire town of Calumet, nearly everyone believes she may have taken on more than she is prepared to handle"--… (mais)
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Título:The Women of the Copper Country: A Novel
Autores:Mary Doria Russell (Autor)
Informação:Atria Books (2019), Edition: Advance Uncorrected Proof, 352 pages
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The Women of the Copper Country de Mary Doria Russell

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I loved Doc, I loved Epitaph, I respect and admire Mary Doria Russell greatly. I'm originally from Michigan, and today is Labor Day. I wish I loved this book.

Russell is brilliant at historical research, and turns it into vivid, living human stories. Copper Country, unfortunately, feels like the historical notes have overwhelmed the narrative. The completely fictional or more heavily invented characters have more life than the historical ones do. Eva Savicki, Carla Coretto, and Jaaki Kivisto are warm, living, feeling people; Annie Clemenc, for all her amazing courage and perseverance, remains a stoic "Lady Liberty," mostly known for being tall and carrying a flagpole no one else can shoulder. While mine manager James McNaughton's Snidely Whiplash character is documented unmistakably in the memo and letter excerpts embedded in the action, we hear more about his house, his bathroom, and his curtains than we ever get to understand about him. Famous leaders like Mother Jones and Ella Bloor appear, make inspiring speeches and bring money, then disappear. Even the horrifying Italian Hall disaster in which 73 people - mostly children - were crushed in a panicked stampede down a steep stairwell feels more like reportage than tragedy, even in the hands of a skilled writer like Russell. Her afterword note describing how a friend's grandfather, a survivor of that night, pulled the car over as they passed the site decades later and sobbed at the wheel with no explanation, carried more power.

It's perhaps not fair to compare Copper Country to [b: Germinal|28407|Germinal|Émile Zola|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1388208755l/28407._SY75_.jpg|941651]. But Zola added an atmosphere of menace by making the mine itself a character: brooding, gasping, rumbling, smoking, always looming. Calumet's mines are dark, dangerous holes, to be sure, and perhaps Russell shows us less of them because the women themselves don't go down into them. But they do not have the same life - or death - force. Both novels end roughly the same: the miners lose. The workers shuffle back down. Good people suffer and die, bad people prosper. In that regard, Zola would be proud of Russell.

Well-intentioned, some fine writing ("A scrawny boy comes at the third [man], all stupid bravery and righteous anger, but he goes down like a dropped doll when one of Fisher's men clocks him.") And a message that we should not ignore. But not her best novel. ( )
  JulieStielstra | May 17, 2021 |
he'd heard stories about what happens in jail to women like her. Trade unionists. Suffragettes . Women who don't know their place. Women who speak up. Women who make trouble. Annie Clements is not scared. She's big. She's strong. Like most women, she's been beaten before. She thinks she's ready for what will happen after her arrest. She is wrong.
  taurus27 | Mar 7, 2021 |
This should be compelling but I was not compelled. A minners' strike in early 20th century Michigan upper peninsula is a difficult setting to sell and this retelling focuses too much on one woman and personal issues but not convincingly. The growth arc of the young woman Eva gets more interesting as the book goes on, ( )
  quondame | Mar 2, 2021 |
Historical fiction about Anna Klobuchar Clements and the 1913 miners strike in Calumet, Michigan. Russell has done a great job of researching the historical issues that created that event. It is a good example of the brutal resistance to organized labor in the early 20th century. Several historical figures are introduced. It was fun to look some of them up in Wikipedia as they came up in the story.

I highly recommend this one. ( )
  tangledthread | Jan 28, 2021 |
Yep, five stars for this wonderful historical novel. My commitment has been that any book that brings tears to my eyes gets five stars. It's not scientific but it reflects how special and rare it is for a book to move me that deeply.

Set in Calumet, Michigan, in 1913, this is a well-researched fictionalized account of the copper miners strike, the Christmas Eve Italian Hall disaster, and the role women played in the labor fights of the first half of the 20th century. It is also a poignant illustration of the tension that continues to this day between those who would see the vast wealth of our nation sit in a very few pockets and those who would see the fruits of our innovation and labor distributed more equitable among those who contribute. The cold-hearted smugness of mine manager James MacNaughton seems, as Ms. Russell herself notes, almost overly dramatic. But it is accurate and consistent with the historical records. And, to my mind, that kind of self-righteous elitism is really not so very rare. Almost unbelievable, but common.

Still, the novel is a perfect blend of realism and optimism, romance and tragedy. Highly recommended. ( )
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"In July 1913, twenty-five-year-old Annie Clements had seen enough of the world to know that it was unfair. She's spent her whole life in the coal-mining town of Calumet, Michigan where men risk their lives for meager salaries--and had barely enough to put food on the table and clothes on their backs. The women labor in the houses of the elite, and send their husbands and sons deep underground each day, dreading the fateful call of the company man telling them their loved ones aren't coming home. When Annie decides to stand up for herself, and the entire town of Calumet, nearly everyone believes she may have taken on more than she is prepared to handle"--

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