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This is the story of a gun that hung on the wall
and the son who fell in love
and the miner who left to be a cop in Chicago.
It is also the story of the son’s younger brother,
who outlived everyone in his family to tell what happened,
how they adored the first-born Tony, how Tony found the prettiest girlfriend,
strived to be a man, then fell away into a state of mind they did not foresee,
and what it is like to remember them all—the house full and poor,
their mother praying in Croatian,
their immigrant father leading rough track-gang workers
in the widest open iron ore pit in the world.
Suspenseful and poetic, Steel takes you from the gang shootings of Chicago
and the beautiful anguish of first love, forward to the present day
and an aging man’s reflections on family and want—and truth.
“Kathleen Novak's Steel
is a quietly-told,
about searching for
an adult purpose and
an adult place in the world . . .
a story with all
the emotional force
of an iron fist in a
IndieReader, Five-Star Review
October 28, 2021
Novak portrays how easy it is
to become caught in a web
of unintended consequences
and how disastrous it can be
when the delicate bond
of young love shatters.”
Prairie Books Review
October 9, 2021