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On the Line

On the Line

Author: Harvey Swados

Year Published: 1957

Description: On the Line, a collection of interconnected short stories by Harvey Swados, portrays the diverse hopes and desires of eight malcontent coworkers in a New Jersey automobile factory in the 1950s. It was inspired by the author's own time working in such a plant around the same time. Among the cast of characters is a previously aspiring African-American opera singer, young Irish immigrant, recovering alcoholic, elderly widower, former businessman, high-school graduate saving for college, intellectual factory-hopper and their up-from-the-shop-floor foreman.

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