Work Song

Work Song

[a Novel]

Large Print - 2010
Average Rating:
Rate this:
Morrie Morgan, itinerant teacher, walking encyclopedia, and inveterate charmer, was last seen leaving a one-room schoolhouse in Marias Coulee, the stage he stole in Ivan Doig's The Whistling Season. A decade on, Morrie is back in Montana. Caught up in the mounting clash between the copper-mining company, radical "outside agitators," and the beleaguered miners, he finds a unique way to give a voice to those who truly need one.
Publisher: Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2010
Edition: Large print ed
ISBN: 9781410432520
Branch Call Number: LARGE PRINT Doig 2010
Characteristics: 405 p. (large print) ; 23 cm


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

KCLSCarrie Aug 03, 2017

Follow up to The Whistling Season, good for readers who like eccentric casts of characters and character-based Westerns. Morris Morgan arrives in Butte, Montana, the copper mining capital of the world, and after landing a job at the public library, discovers that "Peculiar characters are drawn to a library like bees to a flower garden."

Apr 14, 2016

Kind of slow-moving and not much plot or rising action....I like other books by Doig MUCH better.

Feb 22, 2016

A scholarly nerd goes to a mining town, works in a library and helps create a minor's strike sound. Pages and pages of boring dialogue make this so much less interesting than the book, 'Whistling Season'.

Jan 31, 2016

Very enjoyable: it makes me eager to read the sequel, Sweet Thunder. Having been to Butte made me appreciate it even more.

Mar 29, 2014

Recent books are just ok. So disappointing

Jan 01, 2014

This is another good one by Ivan Doig -- great story & great writing.

mrsgail5756 Nov 13, 2012

The Book was okay – but not one of my favorites.

Nov 08, 2010

Morrie Morgan, the colorful schoolteacher from Doig's 'The Whistling Season' is back in Montana after an absence of ten years. He arrives in Butte in 1919 to see what he can gain from ?The Richest Hill on Earth.' His bookkeeping skills first find use in the mortuary business; then at the public library where he finds a repository of fine volumes and an irascible director. Meanwhile, he finds lodging with widow Grace Faraday along with retired miners Hoop and Griff and meets up with former student from Marais Coulee, ?Rabrab' Rellis, now a Butte teacher. There's more. The book's rounded out with all kinds of characters! And, how Doig plays us along to the gripping climax is rich storytelling at its best.

What Doig does so well he does again in this book that's both a great story and one firmly placed in Butte's copper mining story of immigrant miners and bosses, unions, the Wobblies, strikes and the toll it took on lives in ways seen and unseen. There's even a little about baseball as the 1919 World Series between the Chicago White Sox and Cincinnati Redlegs runs in the background, linking Morrie to his Chicago past. You get a dose of history, but a rollicking story when one is narrated by Morrie Morgan! These last two books by Doig now rank right up there to me with his 'Dancing at the Rascal Fair' and 'English Creek,' high praise.


Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at OPL

To Top