UP Notable Books Club presents Mary Doria Russel and “Women of the Copper Country”

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Widely praised for meticulous research, fine prose, and the compelling narrative drive of her stories, Mary Doria Russell is the award-winning author of seven bestselling novels, including the science fiction classics The Sparrow and Children of God; the World War II thriller, A Thread of Grace; and a political romance set in 1921 Cairo called Dreamers of the Day. With her novels Doc and Epitaph, Russell has redefined two towering figures of the American West: the lawman Wyatt Earp and the dental surgeon Doc Holliday. Her latest novel, The Women of the Copper Country, tells the story of the young union organizer Annie Clements, who was once known as America’s Joan of Arc. Mary holds a Ph.D. in biological anthropology from the University of Michigan and taught anatomy at the Case Western Reserve University School of Dentistry. She and Don Russell have been happily married for an unusually high percentage of the years since 1970. They live in Cleveland, Ohio. Learn more at https://marydoriarussell.net/

“With The Women of the Copper Country, Mary Doria Russell captures the zeitgeist of the defining spirit of 1913-14 Calumet. Through Anna Clements, she takes the reader inside the Women’s Auxiliary to show how their opposition to management’s demands plays out on the streets of Calumet – sometimes peacefully, sometimes deadly. This is a gripping tale on a difficult topic that has been told by many. Yet, this version stands out because of its focus on women’s experiences during the conflict. Grab a copy. You won’t want to put it down.” –
Donna Winters, U.P. Book Review


  • Great Michigan Read 2021-22 (Michigan Humanities)
  • Upper Peninsula Publishers & Authors Association — U.P. Notable Book Award 2022

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