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Starred Review. Winn's excellent debut collection centers on Lowell, Mass., as it evolves from a booming mid-century mill town to its scrappy contemporary incarnation. What remains constant are the characters, who cycle through the stories as they age, etched memorably by Winn, who nails a diverse swath of American life over some 60 years. In the title story, Stella Lewis navigates through often dicey situations at Hub Hosiery, a factory where she makes a close friend and learns the power of union allegiances. In Blue Tango, lovesick Dr. Charlie Burroughs, a Korean War vet, returns to his wife; in the following story, Glass Box, Winn portrays the marriage from Charlie's wife's perspective. Later, Winn checks in on the next generation of the Burroughs family, mired in frustration and longing. We also get to know factory workers and families affected by wars—from Korea to Iraq. Though Winn's prose sometimes gets away from her, her firm command of narrative and her ability to evoke emotion puts this high on the list of must-read story collections. (Apr)
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The mill town of Lowell, Massachusetts, is at the center of this collection of short stories tracing the economic deterioration of the town and personal distress as characters struggle with the rise and fall of their own personal prospects. The interconnected collection begins in the 1940s with Stella, an attractive young woman looking for a husband, who befriends Lucy, a southern woman surreptitiously looking to organize a union in a textile mill in the dreary Bleachery part of town. Across the Merrimack River in upper-class Belvidere Hill, Charlie Burroughs, son of the mill owner, returns from war in Korea to an unsettled household as his wife, Delia, emotionally drifts away. June and Norm DeLisle, visiting in Belize, are ultimately unable to escape the leaden drudgery of Lowell and their marriage. Over time, through the perspective of men, women, and children, Winn evocatively conveys the sensibilities and mannerisms of people of different classes and ethnicities in a small industrial town. --Vanessa Bush --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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The concept is interesting to me since it takes place in Lowell, Massachusetts, and involves people working in those mills. One of my mother's cousins was one of those workers who were definitely exploited, who had no union to help right wrongs. And that is what this is about, a young woman who wants to be a "somebody," a "Mrs. Somebody," since that is the role women often felt was their only choice, especially when they were working in such bad conditions. They wanted a man to rescue them.
The novel is about the advent of labor unions and the bad working conditions.
But be aware, this book drags. However, it is less than 200 pages. You might want to order a used copy!
I don't read many short story novels, so maybe this is normal? The stories aren't really related to one another other than they all take place in Lowell, MA. Some characters from previous stories make an appearance in others, but just as a background character. Overall, I do not recommend this. I didn't find it deep, or moving, I found it to be bizarre and disjointed. This was my first and definitely last novel by this author.