Suomalaiset; People of the Marsh, 539 pages
by Mark Munger
A body hangs from a birch tree in Lester Park. There is no explanation for the man’s death, no suspects are detained. How is the death tied to the turbulent times, an era of labor unrest, political change, immigration, and the fighting of a war not of America’s choosing?
Sound contemporary? This wonderfully paced historical novel takes place across the hilly shoulders of Northern Minnesota and Upper Peninsula Michigan at the dawn of the 20th Century. A love story. A diary of the American labor movement. A tale of heroism and combat set in the Great War, Suomalaiset is, above all else, a thoroughly entertaining story of Finnish immigration and intrigue. For those readers that loved Mark’s first novel, The Legacy, this new work is a “must read”.