The Last Ballad by Wiley Cash

The Last Ballad

The author of the celebrated bestseller A Land More Kind Than Home returns with this eagerly awaited new novel, set in the Appalachian foothills of North Carolina in 1929 and inspired by actual events, that chronicles an ordinary woman’s struggle for dignity and her rights in a textile mill, a moving tale of courage in the face of oppression and injustice, with the emotion...

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  • Cheri
    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! “We leave our homes in the morningWe kiss our children goodbyeWhile we slave for the bossesOur children scream and cryBut understand all, workersOur union they do fearLet's stand together, workersAnd have a union here "A Mill Mother's Lament" – Ella May Wiggins “S...
  • Diane S ☔
    What would you do if you were in your late twenties, already have had four children and now a new one on the way. Your husband has left you, you are now poor and alone, living in a shack in the black section of town. You, yourself are not black nor are your children, but they have proven to be wonde...
  • Karen❄️
    Wonderful novel based on the true life of Ella Mae Wiggins, a poverty stricken mill worker at the Loray Mill in North Carolina, 1929. She helped to try and form a union, specially an integrated union in a time when people didn’t accept blacks.This woman had so much courage to leave her job to w...
  • Angela M
    Wiley Cash is a storyteller who captures both my mind and my heart. He has written three novels, three different stories but all bearing in common Wiley's beautiful writing as well as an uncanniness for depicting the human condition under circumstances that chill us as readers. His writing takes yo...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    5 Tar Heel State stars for The Last BalladElla May Wiggins was a strong character and a strong woman in real life. Ella fought hard to organize a union in her area, and it was important to her that all races were allowed to be part of the union. We received a multi-dimensional look into her life thr...
  • Esil
    The Last Ballad is the first book I have read by Wiley Cash, but it won't be the last. I loved the topic, some of the characters and the story. It's based on the true story of Ella May Wiggins, who was a union organizer in North Carolina. From the beginning, we know that Ella May died young in 1929....
  • Will Byrnes
    Ella stared west. She imagined the great mountains foggy and raindamp in the distance, the blue ridges rolling away in great swells. She opened her mouth, paused for a moment, gathered the story of her life around her as she would lift the hem of a long dress before stepping across a stream. She di...
  • Linda
    "You exist whether it is written down or not, and you are dead whether it's written down or not too."Do we make our mark only in the lives of those who love us or does that mark still exist whether it is simply acknowledged or not?Wiley Cash creates a superbly written story based on the actual life ...
  • Berit☀️✨
    this book was based on the life of a remarkable, smart, and feisty woman Ella May Wiggins...This is tough for me, I am such a character girl, and this is such a plot driven book... I found Ella and her children’s lives very interesting... I really wanted more about them; Love how the children ...

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