The Last Ballad

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William Morrow & Company
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5.3 X 8.1 X 1.1 inches | 0.6 pounds

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About the Author

Wiley Cash is the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of A Land More Kind Than Home and the acclaimed This Dark Road to Mercy. He won the SIBA Book Award, was a finalist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize, and has been nominated for many more awards. A native of North Carolina, he has held residency positions at Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony, and is the writer-in-residence at the University of North Carolina, Asheville.

"Wiley Cash reveals the dignity and humanity of people asking for a fair shot in an unfair world. Fraught with the turmoil of social change, The Last Ballad moves inexorably toward a devastating moment of reckoning. A timely and topical portrait of a community in crisis."--Christina Baker Kline, author of A Piece of the World and Orphan Train
"Cash pulls no punches in this gorgeous, gut-wrenching novel, and that's entirely as it should be for a story of desperate people. In an era when American workers are besieged as they haven't been since the Great Depression, I can think of no more relevant novel for our times."--Ben Fountain, Author of Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk on The Last Ballad
"Inspired by the events of an actual textile-mill strike in 1929, Cash creates a vivid picture of one woman's desperation. . . . A heartbreaking and beautifully written look at the real people involved in the labor movement."--Kirkus Reviews
"Beautifully and courageously told. Wiley Cash dares give voice to people lost in the margins of history, and he brings to life their inspiring fight for justice with graceful prose, honesty and intensity, and best of all, a wonderful bigness of heart."--Lydia Peelle, author of The Midnight Cool on The Last Ballad
"This suspenseful, moving novel is a story of struggle and personal sacrifice for the greater good that will resonate with readers of John Steinbeck or Ron Rash."--Publishers Weekly
"With his vibrant imagination, vigorous research, and his architectural skill in structuring this novel, Wiley Cash has lifted the events of the past into the present and immortalized a time that holds valuable lessons for our country today."--Charlotte Observer
"Wiley Cash's third novel is a sweeping, old-fashioned saga with an inspirational but ill-fated heroine at its center... Ella May is such a rich, sympathetic character... Powerful and moving, exploring complex historical issues that are still with us today."
"Resonates with pain, love, the struggle of life and the gross injustices of the world. I hated leaving Ella May's world, reveled in watching her bravery against unspeakable odds and her unending support of racial equality... A riveting story."--Louisiana Book News
"It's impossible not to hear echoes of Steinbeck in Cash's sprawling, multi-voiced account of a battered, hopeless woman who rises up to become the symbol of a movement... Ella May Wiggins, it seems, sings not only of the forgotten past, but for our time too."--Chapter 16
"Beautifully and evocatively written, The Last Ballad should take a place on the honor roll of Southern fiction that will stand the test of time... Cash deftly builds the suspense and tension about what will happen, and why and when... One powerful and haunting story."--Greensboro News & Record
"Cash honors his subjects... in his telling of their bravery at the forefront of societal and economic changes that would in time reshape our American lives. But Cash's tale is foremost a cautionary one, a reminder of just how precarious liberties are... Heartrending."--Charleston Post & Courier
"Here, a time and a place and a tragedy written about many times before is rendered anew in vivid, devastating detail. Cash's tightly wound and heavily researched novel is all the more heartbreaking because these struggles remain so resonant today."--Our State
"This is the very best kind of historical novel... Cash is a fine and subtle writer, who tells an American story ... replete with personal, political, sexual, racial and class strife, yet redeemed by gritty individual and community faith in a better, fairer world."--Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Told with grace and compassion, The Last Ballad is an enthralling narrative and a powerful reminder of the immense sacrifices made for workers in the United States."--Shelf Awareness
"A powerful book that speaks to contemporary concerns through historical injustice... Cash vividly blends the archival with the imaginative... With care and steadiness, (Cash) has pulled from the wreckage of the past a lost moment of Southern progressivism. Perhaps fiction can help us bear the burden of Southern history."--New York Times Book Review
"Elegantly and movingly woven ... The Last Ballad is simultaneously the evocation of an exemplary individual and the portrait of an era."--The Guardian (UK)