by Kathleen Novak


by Kathleen Novak


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In her new novel, Steel, Kathleen Novak returns with a tightly woven love story set against the turmoil of the 1920s-gun violence, urban crime, ethnic conflicts, and finally the Great Depression.

As the narrative moves from the edges of the world's largest iron ore mine to the gritty streets of Chicago, two lovers come together believing their destiny has no limits, that they can be and do whatever they choose. But when they make different choices and begin to fall away from one another, the young man sinks to a desperation that no one around him can predict or prevent. The stock market crashes. He loses his job. He loses himself.

And then there is his father's gun, always hanging on the wall near the door.

Suspenseful and poetic, Steel takes you from the gang shootings of Chicago and the beautiful anguish of first love, forward to the present day and an aging man's reflections on family and want-and truth.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781734229899
Publisher: Black Cat Text
Publication date: 02/15/2022
Pages: 220
Sales rank: 713,475
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.46(d)

About the Author

Kathleen Novak is a poet and writer who grew up on the iron mining range of Northern Minnesota, the granddaughter of Italian and Croatian immigrants. She is the author of the Minnesota Book Award finalist Do Not Find Me and its companion, The Autobiography of Corrine Bernard, which was selected as a semifinalist for the Chautauqua Prize in 2019. Her novel of small-town characters in mid-century America, Rare Birds, was released in 2017. Ms Novak's poetry has been published in literary magazines nationally.
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