Jon Enfield, author of The New Men, on tour July/August 2014

Posted By on May 19, 2014

New-Men-ECovAbout The New Men

  • Print Length: 303 pages
  • Publisher: Wayzgoose Press (May 14, 2014)

For us, the new man, he is one of two things. First, he is the new worker, a man we instruct and investigate until his probation is complete. But also he is an idea. In the foundry, they make parts. On the line, they make autos. But in Sociological, we make men.

Tony Grams comes to America at the start of the twentieth century, set on becoming a new man. Driven to leave poverty behind, he lands a job at the Ford Motor Company that puts him at the center of a daring social and economic experiment.

The new century and the new auto industry are bursting with promise, and everyone wants Henry Ford’s Model T. But Ford needs men to make it. Better men. New men. Men tough enough and focused enough to handle the ever-bigger, ever-faster assembly line. Ford offers to double the standard wage for men who will be thrifty, sober, and dedicated… and who will let Ford investigators into their homes to confirm it.

Tony has just become one of those investigators. America and Ford have helped him build a new life, so at first he’s eager to get to work. But world war, labor strife, and racial tension pit his increasingly powerful employer against its increasingly desperate enemies.

As Tony and his family come under threat from all sides and he faces losing everything he’s built, he must struggle with his conscience and his weaknesses to protect the people he loves.
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Enfield ebookAbout Jon Enfield

Jon Enfield has written for a range of audiences and publications. His work has appeared in ConjunctionsPoetry Ireland ReviewUnderground VoicesXavier Review, and He is a former fiction editor of Chicago Review, and he taught writing at the University of Southern California for several years. He received his Ph.D. in English from the University of Chicago for his dissertation on the relationships between American film and fiction 1910-1940. The New Men arose from his longstanding fascination with America in the early twentieth century and from his sense that the emergence and evolution of the American auto industry shed light on some fundamental realities of present-day America.

Connect with Jon on his blog, To Burn from Within.

Jon Enfield’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Monday, July 14th: Fiction Zeal

Wednesday, July 16th: Bibliotica

Thursday, July 17th: Life is Story

Monday, July 21st: Lavish Bookshelf

Tuesday, July 22nd: Missris

Wednesday, July 23rd: Patricia’s Wisdom

Monday, July 28th: Svetlana’s Reads and Views

Thursday, July 31st: Books on the Table

Tuesday, August 5th:  Jen’s Book Thoughts

Wednesday, August 6th:  Bibliophiliac

Thursday, August 7th:  No More Grumpy Bookseller

Friday, August 8th:  Wensend – author guest post

Friday, August 8th:  Wensend

Monday, August 11th:  Walking with Nora

Wednesday, August 13th:  Readers’ Oasis

Thursday, August 14th:  Joyfully Retired

Wednesday, September 24th:  50 Books Project


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