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The Widows

(2019)
(The first book in the Kinship series)
A novel by

 
 
The Widows kept me on the edge of my seat. Montgomery is a masterful storyteller.” —Lee Martin, author of Pulitzer Prize-Finalist The Bright Forever

For only $6.99: Inspired by the true story of Ohio’s first female sheriff, Jess Montgomery’s powerful, lyrical debut is the story of two women who take on murder and corruption at the heart of their community.

Kinship, Ohio, 1924: When Lily Ross learns that her husband, Daniel, the town’s widely respected sheriff, has been killed while transporting a prisoner in an apparent accident, she vows to seek the truth about his death.

Hours after his funeral, a stranger appears at her door. Marvena Whitcomb, a coal miner’s widow, is unaware that Daniel has died and begs to speak with him about her missing daughter.

From miles away but worlds apart, Lily’s and Marvena’s lives collide as they realize that Daniel was perhaps not the man that either of them believed him to be.

*BONUS CONTENT: This edition of The Widows includes a new introduction from the author and a discussion guide

"The Widows is a gripping, beautifully written novel about two women avenging the murder of the man they both loved."—Hallie Ephron, New York Times bestselling author of You'll Never Know, Dear

"Jess Montgomery's gorgeous writing can be just as dark and terrifying as a subterranean cave when the candle is snuffed out, but her prose can just as easily lead you to the surface for a gasp of air and a glimpse of blinding, beautiful sunlight. This is a powerful novel: a tale of loss, greed, and violence, and the story of two powerful women who refuse to stand down."—Wiley Cash, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Ballad, A Land More Kind than Home, and This Dark Road to Mercy

"[A] flinty, heartfelt mystery that sings of hawks and history, of coal mines and the urgent fight for social justice."—Julia Keller, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Bone on Bone

Genre: Historical Mystery

Praise for this book

"Jess Montgomery's gorgeous writing can be just as dark and terrifying as a subterranean cave when the candle is snuffed out, but her prose can just as easily lead you to the surface for a gasp of air and a glimpse of blinding, beautiful sunlight. This is a powerful novel: a tale of loss, greed, and violence, and the story of two powerful women who refuse to stand down." - Wiley Cash

"The Widows is a gripping, beautifully written novel about two women avenging the murder of the man they both loved." - Hallie Ephron

"In the hard-luck, homespun Appalachian town of Kinship, Ohio, in 1924, two strong women become unlikely comrades to solve a murder in this flinty, heartfelt mystery that sings of hawks and history, of coal mines and the urgent fight for social justice." - Julia Keller

"Two women, a murdered husband, and the secret life he lived...Montgomery is a masterful storyteller." - Lee Martin

"The Widows is powerful reminder that there have always been strong women; they just haven't made it into the history books. This terrific novel corrects that omission by spinning a compelling tale of courageous women in a place and time rarely portrayed in fiction. Jess Montgomery is a top-notch storyteller." - Nancy Pickard

"Pulling back the curtain on a time and place where women's roles were too often overlooked, The Widows is full of characters who surprise those who underestimate them. A rich, empowering, and satisfying read." - Jessica Strawser

"Jess Montgomery wows with her awesome debut novel, The Widows. You’ll be on the edge of your seat as Lily and Marvena fight for justice in a time and place where it hardly exists . . . they are heroes for every age, and represent all the women who have fought for justice in every age and who continue that fight today." - Victoria Thompson

"With compassion and skill, Jess Montgomery deftly smashes stereotypes and puts a human face on the cost of coal mining in 1924 Appalachian Ohio. Rich with historical details, yet fast paced, The Widows revolves around a murder investigation. But it was the vivid voices of Lily Ross and Marvena Whitcomb that completely captivated my heart and kept me reading long into the night." - Ann Weisgarber


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Used availability for Jess Montgomery's The Widows

Hardback Editions

June 2019 : USA Library Binding
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Title: The Widows
Author(s): Jess Montgomery
ISBN: 1-4328-6415-7 / 978-1-4328-6415-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
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January 2019 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Widows: A Novel (The Kinship Series (1))
Author(s): Jess Montgomery
ISBN: 1-250-18452-5 / 978-1-250-18452-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Minotaur Books
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Paperback Editions

January 2020 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Widows: A Novel (The Kinship Series (1))
Author(s): Jess Montgomery
ISBN: 1-250-22320-2 / 978-1-250-22320-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Minotaur Books
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Audio Editions

January 2019 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Widows: A Novel (The Kinship Series)
Author(s): Jess Montgomery
ISBN: 1-250-31651-0 / 978-1-250-31651-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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January 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Widows
Author(s): Jess Montgomery
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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January 2019 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Widows
Author(s): Jess Montgomery
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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January 2019 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Widows
Author(s): Jess Montgomery
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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Kindle Editions

January 2019 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Widows: A Novel (The Kinship Series Book 1)
Author(s): Jess Montgomery
Publisher: Minotaur Books
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