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A Democracy of Ghosts
by John Griswold (Goodreads Author)
A DEMOCRACY OF GHOSTS is the love story of four couples, set against the backdrop of the Herrin Massacre of 1922. This clash of miners and strikebreakers in Bloody Williamson County, in Southern Illinois, resulted in the deaths of 21 men -- 19 of them the "scabs" tortured and murdered by average men, women, and even children in what was once the most radical community in A ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published July 1st 2009 by Wordcraft of Oregon
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Until the end, which sort of unraveled in an unsatisfactory way, I was planning on giving this 4 stars with the caveat for a first novel. I hate to say that--one would think that a novel is just a novel, whether first or fiftieth, and should be judged independently of such considerations--but while I did enjoy the book, was pulled along by the narrative, and thought that there were some very well written passages, the book lacks a certain amount of polish. Not that all "good" books must be "poli ...more
Billed as four overlapping love stories set amid a battle between striking miners and scabs in the southern Illinois coalfields c. 1920, this novel tells a good story well. I recommend it to folks who like a good historical novel that's willing to get down and dirty with its characters.