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Work Season

August 12, 2010

I really liked this book. It’s set 10 years after the events in the marvelous book The Whistling Season. Like most of Ivan Doigs’s books, this one is set in early 20th century Montana. Morrie Morris, an uncertified teacher in the previous book and a boxing manager before that, steps off the train in the booming mine town of Butte. The miners have recently lost a dollar a day in wages and are restless. Morrie finds a room in a small Welsh boarding house and, amazingly, a job at the large public library, whose collection was largely supplied by the director, Sam Sandison. Sandison has a notorious past, but takes to Morrie, who’s in charge of overseeing the public meeting rooms, among many other duties. We meet one of Morrie’s former students, Barbara or Rabrab, now a teacher herself and engaged to a union organizer.   Doig is excellent at developing intriguing characters, and providing moments of humor and suspense.

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  1. Kay permalink
    August 18, 2010 11:30 am

    I loved both The Whistling Season and Work Song. Hoig creates wonderful characters and settings and I didn’t want the books to end!

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