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Suomalaiset: People of the Marsh
A historical novel based upon the lynching of a Finnish dockworker in Duluth, Minnesota. A love story. A story of the labor movement. A story of immigration.
Paperback, 504 pages
Published September 10th 2014 by Cloquet River Press
(first published June 2004)
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While I enjoyed the references to the area where I've lived and grown up, I found myself skimming through half of the book where the story, written almost too descriptive, felt more like a filler. I did enjoy the characters and the underlying storyline, just felt like a lot of it read almost too much like a classic where I didn't need so much description and explanation.
Historical fiction, I think, at its best. The "history" component is very interesting and informative and appears to be well researched and the "fiction" component is very entertaining and woven nicely into the historical context. Highly recommended.
Mark Munger is a life-long resident of Northeastern Minnesota. Mark, his wife Rene', and one of their four sons live on the banks of the wild and scenic Cloquet River north of Duluth. When not writing fiction, Mark enjoys hunting, fishing, skiing, and working as a District Court Judge.More about Mark Munger...