The Last Ballad (Pre-Recorded Audio Player)

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By Wiley Cash, Karen White (Read by)
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Ella Mae Wiggins is a struggling single mother with four children to support. She lives in poverty alongside her black friends in Stumptown, who work at the same factory. When Ella Mae joins the union in order to fight for better working conditions, she is targeted as a Bolshevik and worse. When she composes a song that takes the movement by storm, she has no chance. Based on the real life story of this courageous women, Cash imbues this Appalachian story with warmth, a sense of real danger, and love.

— Valerie

October 2017 Indie Next List

“Ella May has never had much of anything. She labors long hours in a textile mill in North Carolina trying to feed her four young children on nine dollars a week. When Ella sings one of her songs at a meeting of workers who are hoping to form a union, she finds herself something of a local celebrity. Written in beautifully evocative prose, this novel about bigotry and labor unrest in the 1930s exerts a powerful impact that pulls the reader into the vortex of the struggle for social justice. It deserves a place of honor in the canon of great Southern literature.”
— Alden Graves, Northshire Bookstore, Manchester Center, VT

Product Details
ISBN: 9781509460946
ISBN-10: 1509460942
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: October 3rd, 2017
Language: English