Reviews

  • A riotous, propulsive adventure story, packed with captivating characters, whose lives are played out in politically explosive times.

    Daily Mail
  • A brilliantly multifaceted panorama of early 20th-century America...Arguably underappreciated in this country, Walter is a writer whose work deserves a wide readership.

    Sunday Times
  • A beautiful, lyric hymn to the power of social unrest in American history. It's funny and harrowing, sweet and violent, innocent and experienced; it walks a dozen tightropes.

    Anthony Doerr, author of All the Light We Cannot See
  • Expansive, beguiling . . . A thrilling yarn that simultaneously underscores the cost of progress and celebrates the American spirit

    O Magazine
  • A work of irresistible characters, harrowing adventures and rip-roaring fun ... bursting with a dazzling range of outrageous characters. One of the most captivating novels of the year

    Washington Post
  • Reminiscent of the stylistic tricks of F Scott Fitzgerald...With its rebellion against inequality and debates about capitalism, there are clear echoes from 1909 to the US today. Incitement to riot, dreadfully topical since the assault on the Capitol last month, also gets a look in. But The Cold Millions offers more: a study of individuals living, willingly or unwillingly, through tumult.

    FT
  • Walter is a class act...the fierce struggle for free speech and workers' rights is genuinely stirring.

    Max Davidson, Mail on Sunday
  • It's a tremendous work, a vivid, propulsive, historical novel with a politically explosive backdrop that reverberates through our own

    USA Today
  • Jess Walter is a superb storyteller. As polished and hard as a diamond, The Cold Millions reminds us of America's tempestuous past and suggests that all this is anything but past

    Boston Globe
  • Walter marshals a motley, fascinating cast of characters so finely drawn that they lift from the page. I haven't encountered a more satisfying and moving novel about the struggle for workers' rights in America

    San Francisco Chronicle

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