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The widows. #1 / Jess Montgomery.

Montgomery, Jess, author. (Author).
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  • 3 of 3 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 2 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Detroit Lakes Public Library MON (Text) 33500012836375 New Available -
Fosston Public Library MON (Text) 33500012836383 New Available -
Hallock Public Library MON (Text) 35500006125619 Main Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781250184528
  • ISBN: 1250184525
  • Physical Description: 327 pages : map ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2019.

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Summary, etc.: When Lily Ross learns that her husband, Daniel Ross, the town's widely respected sheriff, is killed while transporting a prisoner, she is devastated and vows to avenge his death. Hours after his funeral, a stranger appears at her door. Marvena Whitcomb, a coal miner's widow, is unaware that Daniel has died, and begs to speak with him about her missing daughter. From miles away but worlds apart, Lily and Marvena's lives collide as they realize that Daniel was not the man that either of them believed him to be--and that his murder is far more complex than either of them could have imagined. Inspired by the true story of Ohio's first female sheriff, this is a powerful debut about two women's search for justice as they take on the corruption at the heart of their community.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2018 December #2
    Set in Appalachian Ohio, Montgomery's absorbing debut begins with the 1924 collapse of the coal mine called the Widowmaker. Marvena, whose husband died in the tragedy, vows to continue his work of unionizing the miners. Lily's husband, Daniel, the sheriff, is murdered a few months later. She doesn't buy the explanations for how and why he died, and her determination to uncover the truth is made easier when she is appointed acting sheriff. The men who have the real power in town don't think a woman will ask too many questions, but they don't know Lily. Her investigation leads to the discovery that Daniel had secrets. He was accepting bribes for turning a blind eye to local moonshiners, and he and Marvena had a history. Meanwhile, Marvena is desperate to find her 16-year-old daughter, Eula, who has gone missing from the brothel politely termed a boarding house. As Lily and Marvena dig deeper, links between Daniel's murder and Eula's disappearance emerge. Both women are based on historical figures, and the novel will be appreciated by readers who like strong female characters. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

JESS MONTGOMERY is the Literary Life columnist for the Dayton Daily News and Executive Director of the renowned Antioch Writers’ Workshop in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Based on early chapters of The Widows, Jess was awarded an Ohio Arts Council individual artist’s grant for literary arts and the John E. Nance Writer-in-Residence at Thurber House in Columbus. She lives in her native state of Ohio.

Subject: Jones, Mother, 1837-1930 > Fiction.
Collins, Maude, 1893-1972 > Fiction.
Jones, Mother, 1837-1930.
Jones, Mother, 1837-1930 > Fiction.
Collins, Maude, 1893-1972 > Fiction.
Ohio > History > 20th century > Fiction.
Nineteen twenties > Fiction.
Nineteen twenties.
Nineteen twenties > Fiction.
Ohio > History > 20th century > Fiction.
Genre: Historical fiction.
Biographical fiction.
Biographical fiction.
Historical fiction.
Historical fiction.
Biographical fiction.

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