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'Gilded Mountain' novel is a wild adventure through the mines, unions and racism of 1900s Colorado

"Gilded Mountain" cover. (Courtesy of Scribner))
"Gilded Mountain" cover. (Courtesy of Scribner))

Author Kate Manning‘s newest novel “Gilded Mountain” takes readers on a wild adventure back in the early 1990s in the wild, stunningly beautiful and brutally unforgiving mountains of Colorado, where poor miners toil in sub-zero weather extracting the world’s most precious marble from caves renowned for their beauty and danger.

It’s a place where the rich mine owners’ annual budget for strawberries totals more than the workers’ pay; where a local newspaper, run by women, dares to reveal injustice. It’s also where a young French Canadian woman from Vermont hopes to find love but instead embarks on a life-long crusade for social justice — inspired in part by famed union organizer Mother Jones. The novel is steeped in historical truth and was inspired by a single sepia-tinted photograph.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young talks to Manning about the novel.

Book excerpt: ‘Gilded Mountain’

By Kate Manning

Excerpted from “Gilded Mountain” by Kate Manning. Copyright ©2022 Kate Manning. Published by Scribner. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved.

This article was originally published on WBUR.org.

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