The Cold Millions

Jess Walter
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The Dolans live by their wits, jumping freight trains and lining up for day work at crooked job agencies. Rye yearns for a steady job and a home; his older brother, Gig, dreams of a better world, fighting alongside other union men for fair pay and decent treatment. Enter Ursula the Great, a vaudeville singer who performs with a live cougar and introduces the brothers to a far more dangerous creature: a mining magnate determined to keep his wealth and his hold on Ursula. Rye finds himself drawn to a fearless activist and feminist named Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, who is on an I.W.W. fundraising tour. Soon he will be forced to decide where he stands.