Fate Moreland's Widow

Fate Moreland s Widow On a placid Blue Ridge mountain lake on Labor Day Weekend in three locals sightseeing in an overloaded boat drown and the cotton mill scion who owns the lake is indicted for their murders Decad
  • Title: Fate Moreland's Widow
  • Author: John Lane Wiley Cash
  • ISBN: 9781611174694
  • Page: 202
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Fate Moreland's Widow
    On a placid Blue Ridge mountain lake on Labor Day Weekend in 1935, three locals sightseeing in an overloaded boat drown, and the cotton mill scion who owns the lake is indicted for their murders Decades later Ben Crocker witness to and reluctant participant in the aftermath of this long forgotten tragedy is drawn once into the morally ambiguous world of mill fortunOn a placid Blue Ridge mountain lake on Labor Day Weekend in 1935, three locals sightseeing in an overloaded boat drown, and the cotton mill scion who owns the lake is indicted for their murders Decades later Ben Crocker witness to and reluctant participant in the aftermath of this long forgotten tragedy is drawn once into the morally ambiguous world of mill fortunes and foothills justice The son of mill workers in Carlton, South Carolina, Crocker is caught between competing loyalties to his family and future Crocker wanted than a rough hewn life on a factory floor, so he studied accounting at the local textile institute and was hired as bookkeeper to the owner, George McCane, a man as burdened by his familial ties as Crocker and even less prepared for the authority of his mantel McCane s decision to renovate the Carlton Mill and lay off families connected to the Uprising of 34, one of the largest labor strikes in U.S history, puts Crocker in the ill fitting position as his boss s enforcer Days after the evictions, the surprise indictment lands McCane in a North Carolina mountain jail and sinks Crocker even deeper into the escalating tensions between mill workers and the owners.While traversing mountain communities in McCane s defense, Crocker must also manage the forced renovation of the Carlton Mill, negotiate with labor organizers led by local hero Olin Campbell, collaborate with McCane s besotted brother, Angus, and fend off his father s and wife s skepticism of his own social aspirations Hanging distractingly over Crocker s upended life is his burgeoning infatuation with Novie Moreland the young widow of one of those McCane is accused of killing Though unrequited, Croker s relationship with Novie proves to be a beacon of hope amid the shadows of political and social machinations in the darkest chapter in his long life.As the union retaliates and the McCane murder trial is settled, it is uncertain who the winners and losers have been in this generational clash of workers and owners, labor and capital, those tied to the land and its people and those who exploit both When Crocker looks back from 1988 at these two crucial years in his life in the mid 1930s, he is left to wonder if he did right by himself and those closest to him Against all better judgment, Crocker knows he must seek out Novie Moreland once if he is ever to find closure with the past.
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  • I ve always known that companies like South Carolina because they don t have to worry about unions, but I never realized that unions actually did hold sway at one time The conflict between a textile mill owner and the union members he employs and subsequently fires lies at the heart of this novel But it s also a bit of a mystery Just how did the wealthy and despised mill owner get away with killing three mountain people with his boat Tension accrues, and the last pages fly by This novel has defi [...]


  • I heard the story of this accident when I was young spending summers on the lake So I enjoyed John s take on the accident and subsequent events.



  • Well writtenInteresting story, one that I ve always enjoyed reading about, the textile mills in South Carolina Would like to read like this one.


  • Great book to read read in one 24 hour period A crackerjack page turner that brings the whole violent and complicated struggle of the southern textile mills to brilliant, blazing life Lee SmithI highly recommend


  • Historical sense and poetic sense should not, in the end, be contradictory, for if poetry is the little myth we make, history is the big myth we live, and in our living, constantly remake Robert Penn Warren The victors write history This often cited cultural meme misattributed to Churchill has been around for a couple of thousand years and like most grand statements both is and isn t true Mr Penn Warren s words help to gather together some of what I want to say about John Lane and his new novel [...]


  • A Story River Books title from the University of South Carolina Press, this novel raises high expectations just from its back cover blurbs from Ron Rash, Pat Conroy and Lee Smith Ben Crocker, son of an upstate S.C millworking family, finds himself in the difficult position of right hand man to his boss, George McCane, Jr who is accused of deliberately causing a tragic boating accident on a mountain lake that claims the lives of two men and a boy on Labor Day weekend in 1935 What ensues is a stor [...]


  • I requested this book from my local library after hearing Mr Lane do a reading from it at a workshop The short selection he read pulled me in and I had to read the book It s a short novel, a quick read, and a good one John Lane s narrator seems like someone I might sit and talk with a thoughtful human being sometimes cloudy motives and conflicting desires Set in a Southern mill town during the labor disputes of the thirties, the descriptions of the two towns involved, of the mill work and worker [...]


  • I love regional fiction, and this book had the added bonus of depicting regional historical events that are rarely discussed labor strife during the 1930s To boot I read it over Labor Day weekend The characters and setting were interesting, but the plot seemed under developed.


  • Given that Pat Conroy was Editor at Large and Wiley Cash wrote the forward, I was expecting But it s an interesting story that may grow on me in retrospect.



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