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Monongahela Dusk
John Hoerr




Autumn House
2009 • 320 pp. 6 x 9"
Literary Fiction

$19.95 Paperback, 978-1-932870-31-2



Monongahela Dusk is an evocative portrait of McKeesport during the 1940s. John Hoerr’s novel paints a sometimes grim, sometimes bright portrait of steelworkers and their... [continued in Reviews below]”—Rege Behe, Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Hoerr's first novel but fourth book paints a vivid portrait of labor relations in industrial McKeesport.

In 1937, as labor turmoil sweeps across western Pennsylvania, traveling beer salesman Peter Bonner picks up hitchhiker Joe Miravich, a blacklisted coal miner running from the law. The two overhear a plot to kill a national union leader in Pittsburgh and warn the intended victim, only to become targets of the man who ordered the assassination, a mysterious industrialist who conspires with racketeers to control mill-town politics. As the industrial region moves from Depression to postwar prosperity, the businessman and union militant form an unlikely alliance to defend themselves. A violent showdown reveals the exploitative nature of the economic and political powers that would, forty years later, turn the mill towns of the Monongahela Valley into blighted relics of the industrial era.

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Monongahela Dusk is an evocative portrait of McKeesport during the 1940s. John Hoerr’s novel paints a sometimes grim, sometimes bright portrait of steelworkers and their workaday lives, from the hardships of the mill to the small pleasures found in the sanctuary of family life. Hoerr’s characters are noteworthy, particularly Albert ‘Pete’ Bonner, a sometimes reckless businessman with unflagging belief in his ability to succeed.”—Rege Behe, Pittsburgh Tribune Review



JOHN HOERR grew up in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, the setting for Monongahela Dusk. He worked for several news organizations, including Business Week and WQED-TV in Pittsburgh, Chicago, Detroit, and New York. Hoerr specialized in national labor reporting in the 1960s when the steel, auto, coal mining and other unions were large and strong enough to conduct nationwide strikes in support of wage demands. Out of this experience, he wrote three nonfiction books including And the Wolf Finally Came: The Decline of the American Steel Industry.

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