The Anarchist

The Anarchist

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By Joanna Higgins


Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-57962-356-2

384 pages

The Anarchist, a historical novel, dramatizes the interplay of forces leading to the assassination of an American president at the beginning of the Twentieth Century. Through linking first-person narratives, the novel explores the interrelated lives of fictional as well as historical figures, mainly Emma Goldman, Alexander Berkman, William McKinley and McKinley's assassin Leon Czolgosz, at a turbulent time in American history, a time of protests, hangings, hunger riots, strikes, bombings and massacres.

Although a tragedy in part, The Anarchist also depicts the permutations of love, idealism and coming of age in the time of anarchism in the United States, while evoking parallels to contemporary economic and social issues.

JOANNA HIGGINS has taught at colleges in the United States and in Englad and is the author of the novels Dead Center (2010), and A Soldier's Book (1998), which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and was also a finalist in the Michael Shaara Award, 2007, for Civil War fiction. She received a National Endowment for the Arts Award for fiction, and her short stories appear in several anthologies, including the Best American Short Stories series. She lives in upstate New York and northern Pennsylvania with her husband and two children.


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