Montana Public Radio

‘The Cold Millions’ With Jess Walter

Dec 31, 2020

The Cold Millions is something of a hybrid text—fiction, yes, but also history. Combining imaginative storytelling with the lives of real, historical figures, Jess Walter has written a captivating story of Spokane, Washington, a place-based history of the region’s labor movements and of the free speech riots in the Pacific Northwest at the turn of the twentieth century.

About Jess Walter:

Jess Walter is the author of six novels, including the bestsellers Beautiful Ruins and The Financial Lives of the Poets, the National Book Award finalist The Zero, and Citizen Vince, the winner of the Edgar Award for best novel. His short fiction has appeared in Harper’s, McSweeney’s, and Playboy, as well as The Best American Short Stories and The Best American Nonrequired Reading. He lives in his hometown of Spokane, Washington.

Jess recommends:

The Yellow House, by Sarah Broom (Grove Press)

True Grit, by Charles Portis (Harry N. Abrams)

Stoner, by John Williams (New York Review of Books)

Fallout: The Hiroshima Cover-up and the Reporter Who Revealed It to the World, by Leslie M.M. Blume (Simon & Schuster)

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, by Isabel Wilkerson (Penguin Random House)