Ivan Doig is in a class by himself as a writer. Not only does his prose flow like silk but his characters and stories are unfailingly entertaining. “Sweet Thunder”, Doig’s newest offering returns us to Butte in the midst of the labor wars between the unions and the Anaconda Copper Mines. A familiar cast of characters including Morrie, Grace and Sam Sandison from “Work Song” are supported by other familiar faces and some new and charming additions. Morrie and Grace have been gifted (or saddled) with a new set-up complicated by a case of mistaken identity and Morrie finding himself once again in the thick of union activities all while trying to keep a low enough profile to keep his past from knocking on his door.
As usual, Doig is in top form, spinning his own style of lyrical prose which never fails to enchant lovers of the written word. Although “Sweet Thunder” shares characters from “Work Song” and “The Whistling Season”, it stands alone as a story. A fascinating glimpse into the early days of unions as well as a truly entertaining and enchantingly written story, “Sweet Thunder” will join the ranks of Ivan Doig favorites on the shelves of his readers.
“Sweet Thunder” is from Riverhead Hardcopy and is scheduled for sale on August 20th, 2013. This book was provided to me by the publisher for this review. The opinions, however, are entirely my own!