The Last Ballad

Front Cover
Faber & Faber, Jan 2, 2018 - Fiction - 400 pages
20 Reviews

Inspired by actual events, The Last Ballad is a moving tale of courage in the face of oppression, with all the emotional power of Cold Mountain and The Secret Scripture

'A powerful book that speaks to contemporary concerns through historical injustice. Cash vividly blends the archival with the imaginative.' New York Times Book Review

For twenty-eight-year-old Ella May Wiggins life is tough. Her no-good husband, John, has run off again, and she must keep her four young children alive with the only work she can find, the night shift at American Mill No. 2 in Bessemer City, North Carolina

When union leaflets begin circulating, Ella May has a taste of hope, a yearning for the better life the organizers promise. But the mill owners, backed by other nefarious forces, claim the union is nothing but a front for the Bolshevik menace sweeping across Europe. To maintain their control, the owners will use every means in their power, including bloodshed, to prevent workers from banding together.

Seventy-five years later, Ella May's daughter Lilly, now an elderly woman, tells her nephew about his grandmother and the events that transformed their family forever.

Paying tribute to the thousands of heroic women and men who risked their lives to win basic rights for all workers, The Last Ballad is lyrical, heartbreaking and haunting, and the novel which confirms Wiley Cash's place among America's finest writers.

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
7
4 stars
9
3 stars
4
2 stars
0
1 star
0

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - BrokenTeepee - LibraryThing

I again tackle an historical novel with it’s roots in the US. I am trying to read more about the past of this country – the good and the bad. In the course of the historical record, the period covered ... Read full review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - whitreidtan - LibraryThing

I have read other Wiley Cash books and thoroughly enjoyed them. I have heard him speak and even had dinner with him at a literary event. He writes beautifully and is clearly invested in the forgotten ... Read full review

Other editions - View all

About the author (2018)

Wiley Cash is the prize-winning and New York Times bestselling author of A Land More Kind Than Home and This Dark Road to Mercy. He and his wife live in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Bibliographic information