Kate Manning | Gilded Mountain
Emmy-award-winning author of My Notorious Life Kate Manning is coming to Explore Booksellers to discuss her new novel, Gilded Mountain.
A young woman faces the consequences of speaking out against injustice in early 1900s Pitkin/Gunnison counties. Drawn from true stories of Colorado history, Gilded Mountain is a tale of a bygone American West seized by robber barons and settled by immigrants, and is a story infused with longing—for self-expression and equality, freedom and adventure.
Sylvie Pelletier leaves her family’s snowbound mountain cabin to work in a manor house for the Padgetts, owners of the marble-mining company that dominates the town. She is awed by the luxury around her and confused by the erratic affections of the bookish heir to the family fortune. Outside the manor walls, the town of Moonstone (Redstone!) is roiling with discontent. A handsome union organizer is stirring up the quarry workers. The female editor of the local newspaper is publishing unflattering accounts of the Padgett Company. Sylvie navigates vastly different worlds and struggles to find her way amid conflicting loyalties. When the harsh winter brings tragedy, Sylvie must choose between silence and revenge.
Kate Manning is a former documentary television producer who has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian and more. She lives with her family in New York City.