The Pooles of Pismo Bay
This richly detailed novel introduces Reuben Poole, labor organizer and idealist. It is a saga of the end of the International Workers of the World movement in the U.S. as seen through the Poole family in the 1930s; its failed aspirations are described through the characters of two warring women. Cora Elliot Poole is a short-fused 70-year-old ex-Wobbly leader in self-imposed exile from politics. By contrast, Reuben's wife, Roselle, is a self-styled princess. And Reuben himself is a rabble-rouser. Cora and Roselle struggle for his soul and heart, and his idealism.
Paperback, 412 pages, 5.5 x 8.5", 1990, 1-878352-05-9
For the clothbound edition, go here.
Volume One of The False Messiah Trilogy.
A Raymond Saroff Publication
"This fictionalized view of the history of the IWW includes real characters, such as Emma Goldman, the American anarchist. The complexity of the political arguments in this novel make it suitable for mature readers interested in the history of labor movements."
— Vandelia VanMeter, American in Historical Fiction: A Bibliographic Guide