Wilder Tower: A Novel

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Authors
Fleissner, Ward
Issue Date
2020-05
Type
Thesis
Keywords
School of Letters Thesis 2020 , American literature - 1970s, 20th century , Iran hostage crisis, 1979-1981 , Sexism in workplace , Journalism , American Civil War legacy , Dual-narrator fiction
Abstract
Wilder Tower tells the story of a young woman from the Southern aristocracy who goes to work in an all-male newsroom in 1979. Two fellow reporters strive to win her—a romantic poet born into the wrong century and a sexually voracious war veteran—both drawn to her vulnerability and latent passion. Complications ensue, violently disrupting the status quo, with tragic consequences. Two narrators present the newsroom drama: an impulsive male colleague obsessed with the Civil War, and an older woman with a lifetime of thwarted ambitions and bitter relationships. The novel’s events precisely follow the timeline of the Iran hostage crisis, 444 days that haunted the American psyche and still resonate today.
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