This novel says it is based on a real-life event in Trinidad, Colorado where women and children were brutally massacred but I must say that the event itself is in no way integral to the story and is almost mentioned in passing. I wish I had known that myself as it is the reason I picked the book and I didn’t really feel it was a true representation of the novel itself.
In any case, the story is about two women involved in the miner’s dispute between the unions and the company in America in 1913. One of the women, Inez, is from the rich side of town and the other, Dora, is a prostitute and the two strike up a close friendship after witnessing the murder of one of the union men in the street, leading to Inez becoming embroiled in the political machinations of the situation and culminating in a terrible tragedy.
I think the novel is well written and easy to read. I really warmed to the characters of Dora, Inez and Xavier and I think I would have enjoyed it much more if I wasn’t anticipating the “event” to be much more than it was. Sold strictly as a novel, this is a story of friendship and pulling together in hard times; sold as based on historical fact, it is much less clear cut.
In any rate, I have given it 3 stars as I enjoyed the characters but I would have given it more had the back story been stronger.