The Cold Millions by Jess Walter 352 pages

The Dolan brothers, Gig and Ry (Gregory and Ryan), have reunited in Spokane, Washington. Gig is a part-time hobo, riding freight cars and picking up odd jobs whenever he can. Ry is sixteen, took care of his mother until her death, and then went in search for Gig, his only family member still alive. In Spokane the brothers become involved with a colorful cast of characters including, Ursula the Great, a vaudeville actress who performs with a cougar, Reston Early, a man with many names and faces, Lem Brand who pretty much runs Spokane, and Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, a nineteen year old pregnant girl who crosses the country demanding free speech and other rights to union workers.

The Cold Millions is one of the best works of fiction I have read in awhile. It combines historical fiction with vivid, interesting, empathetic characters and a plot with several twists and turns. However, if you are the type of reader who needs to get involved in a novel from page one, The Cold Millions probably isn’t for you. It took a few chapters for The Cold Millions to grab me. For me it was well worth the wait.

The Cold Millions by Jess Walter 352 pages

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