The Able McLaughlins: A Library of America eBook Classic

The Able McLaughlins: A Library of America eBook Classic

by Margaret Wilson

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Overview

The riveting Pulitzer Prize–winning novel, available as an e-book for the first time.

Wully McLaughlin returns to his family’s Iowa homestead at the end of the Civil War to find his sweetheart, Chirstie McNair, alone and in distress, her mother dead and her wayward father gone. Perplexed by a new aloofness in Chirstie, Wully soon discovers that she has been raped and is pregnant. To the shock of his parents and the tight-knit Scottish community in which they live, he marries Chirstie and claims the child, and the shame of its early birth, as his own. But the lingering presence of Chirstie’s attacker sets in motion a series of events that pit the desire for revenge against a reluctance to perpetuate the cycle of violence.
 
Often compared to Willa Cather’s One of Ours and Edna Ferber’s So Big for its earthy realism, its portrait of an immigrant community, and its depiction of Midwestern farm life, Margaret Wilson’s provocative debut novel, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for 1924, is ripe for rediscovery. In a recent reappraisal Judy Cornes commends the novel’s “feeling for time and place: a sense of the unrelenting forces that both history and nature impose on the individual. . . . The Able McLaughlins remains an engrossing story with characters who constantly engage our attention.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781598535938
Publisher: Library of America
Publication date: 02/26/2019
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 266
Sales rank: 165,486
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Born and raised in Iowa, Margaret Wilson (1882–1973) attended the University of Chicago and served as a Presbyterian missionary in India before returning to the U.S. The year she published The Able McLaughlins she married a Scotsman she had known in India and moved with him to London, where she wrote another seven novels and The Crime of Punishment, a study of penal reform. She died in England at the age of 91.

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