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A labor strike at a lumber mill divides a town based on the author's hometown of Aberdeen, Washington. "The Land of Plenty" portrays the blue-collar workers' struggle for existence and depicts, with sensitivity and compassion, workers and owners alike in their poverty, depravity, and their ultimate goodness. "The Land of Plenty" created a political firestorm when it was published to great success in 1935. Long out -of-print it remains one of the most graphically exciting novels of the Thirties, a lost American classic.
Robert Cantwell (1908 1978) was a prolific novelist, editor, and critic. His works include The Land of Plenty, Laugh and Lie Down, as well as Nathaniel Hawthorne: The American Years, Alexander Wilson: Naturalist and Pioneer and The Hidden Northwest. Cantwell worked as associate editor of Time magazine and often wrote for Newsweek and Sports Illustrated.
Jess Walter is the author of Beautiful Ruins, We Live in Water, the national bestseller The Financial Lives of the Poets, the National Book Award finalist The Zero, the Edgar Award-winning Citizen Vince, Land of the Blind, and the New York Times Notable Book, Over Tumbled Graves. He lives in Spokane, Washington with his family.