Published in the UK (Blue Door/HarperCollins) and France (Grasset)
A sweeping story set against the changing landscape of post-World War II America, a novel that National Book Award-winner John Casey calls “a terrific rough-and-tumble novel.”
1941. Loyal Ledford works the swing shift at the Mann Glass factory in Huntington, West Virginia. He courts Rachel, the boss’s daughter, a company nurse with coal black hair. But when Pearl Harbor is attacked, Ledford, like so many young men of his time, sets his life on a new course.
Upon his return from service in the war, Ledford starts a family with Rachel but chafes under the authority at Mann Glass. He is a lost man, disconnected from the present and haunted by his violent past, until he meets his cousins the Bonecutter brothers. Their land, mysterious, elemental Marrowbone Cut, calls to Ledford, and it is there that The Marrowbone Marble Company is slowly forged. Over the next two decades, the factory grounds become a vanguard of the civil rights movement and a home for those intent on change. Such a home inevitably invites trouble, and Ledford must fight for his family.
Returning to the West Virginia territory of his critically acclaimed novel, The Ballad of Trenchmouth Taggart, Glenn Taylor recounts the transformative journey of a man and his community.
“The Marrowbone Marble Company feels like it was dug out of the earth, a product of grimy, perspiring toil.”
“For a novel to immerse the reader in a specific place and time, so that the reader feels the blast of a furnace, smells the earth, and hears the cicadas is an accomplishment. When the author populates that place with characters rich in detail and life, the achievement deepens, and for that book to speak of human truths, and yet be superbly readable, moves it and its author to the level of classic. The Marrowbone Marble Company by Glenn Taylor is such a novel.”
“Taylor, a mesmerizing storyteller fascinated by small wonders as well as epic change, balances rage with tenderness as his intriguing and heroic characters effect a small revolution. With an acute sense of nature’s mysteries as well as human suffering and redemption, Taylor has created a remarkably complex, soulful, and provocative historical novel righteous in its perspective on America’s struggle to live up to its core beliefs.”