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After the Fog [Kindle Edition]

Kathleen Shoop
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)

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Book Description

***2013 Eric Hoffer Book Award--Finalist***
***Independent Publisher Awards: 2012 Silver, Best Regional Fiction-Mid-Atlantic***
***National Indie Excellence Awards: 2012 WINNER-- Literary Fiction***

Historic, environmental drama wrapped in a love story...

It's 1948 in the steel town of Donora, Pennsylvania, site of the infamous "killing smog." Public health nurse, Rose Pavlesic, has risen above her orphaned upbringing and created a life that reflects everything she missed as a child. She's even managed to keep her painful secrets hidden from her doting husband, loving children, and large extended family.

When a stagnant weather pattern traps poisonous mill gasses in the valley, neighbors grow sicker and Rose's nursing obligations thrust her into conflict she never could have fathomed. Consequences from her past collide with her present life, making her once clear decisions as gray as the suffocating smog. As pressure mounts, Rose finds she's not the only one harboring lies. When the deadly fog finally clears, the loss of trust and faith leaves the Pavlesic family--and the whole town--splintered and shocked. With her new perspective, can Rose finally forgive herself and let her family's healing begin?

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Editorial Reviews


"This is a well-written story set authentically in a historic place and time, around an intricate plot which includes most of the elements that provide for a good "soap opera," or a book that would be accepted by Oprah Winfrey"--Historical Novel Society
"WOW! What a truly amazing story! I was amazed how Ms. Shoop managed to wrap a totally believable storyline around this tragic [true] incident. I thought the writing was flawless..." -Book Princess Sophia--Goodreads
"It's impossible to convey how deep this novel is... Kathleen Shoop really brings to life this town of Donora and the horrors they faced when this fog descended on them. After the Fog was a very good read for me. It starts out a tad slow but soon enough picks up and after that I found it hard to put down.  I absolutely love when an author can weave historical facts with fiction and leave me with a fantastic read!"--Peeking Between the Pages
"I have great admiration for an author who will write her main character so real... It takes talent to imbue that main character with real qualities... not all good but relatable and pertinent to the situations she finds herself in."--Bags Books and Bonjovi
"Ms. Shoop's writing style is some of the best I've seen recently, and I fell right into this story with the greatest of ease, eager to see what would unfold next. The multi-layers of drama only added to the increasing tension in the book, and even though it had a fulfilling conclusion, I was sad to see it end."--Karen "ReaderGirl" Matthews--Goodreads

About the Author

After the Fog is the second novel by bestselling Kindle author Kathleen Shoop. Her debut novel, The Last Letter, garnered multiple awards in 2011. A Language Arts Coach with a Ph.D. in Reading Education, Kathleen lives in Oakmont, Pennsylvania with her husband and two children.

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  • File Size: 608 KB
  • Print Length: 417 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1469935708
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007TWBFL0
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,423 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST read book! May 13, 2013
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This book had me from the first page. I can't remember the last time I read a book that I couldn't put down. The characters in the story brought this historic time to life. The author did a great job of fleshing out the characters of Rose, Henry, and their extended family. I was not aware of the history of Donora or the catastrophic pollution that took place there. This was an amazing way to learn history while seeing how people live with their own past hurts, daily struggles, and finally the real meaning of "family." Though the characters were fictional, the struggles were those that many of us face in day to day life. The book contains some sexual content which is easily skipped over if the reader so desires and there will be no loss on continuity in the story line.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing story July 15, 2013
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Based on true facts. Excellent reading. Makes you realize how hard it was for family's working in a company town.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars like reading about my own life! June 26, 2013
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This book grabbed me from inside at the beginning and would not let me go..... I thought I had fallen down the rabbit's hole into my past life all the way back to my childhood! It was one of the most fantastic all nighter reads I have ever had! Some books are like having a best friend and this was it!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fine read! May 10, 2013
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I enjoyed the story very much, especially because a friend of mine was born there on that horrible day that became known in history as Black Halloween. Hearing the tale from a nurse's point of view, even though fictionalized, made it all the more interesting. I found this bit of historical fiction to be a fine read.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this author April 16, 2012
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Love love this author, I am from Pittsburgh and this author transported me right back to my steel town roots, I grew up near Ambridge, and her words rang so true. Nebby nose, gumbands and Isalys. The life of those steel workers and the grit of their lives came alive on the pages of this book. Pittsburgh had such a hard working dirty town rep and the book clearly tells the readers why. Loved Rose, saw so many women from Pittsburgh in Rose. Highly recommend this book. have read both of Shoop's books and love her style and the gritty women she writes about. keep writing Kathleen and thanks for this book
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a great book July 15, 2013
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I love Catherine Cookson and this book reminded me of her writing. I laughed I cried we all have hidden areas in our life.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Touching story April 28, 2013
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Oh how I loved Rose,she tried so hard to give her kids the life she knew was best for them she lost the emotional attachment in the process. Not only was the story of Rose great but the historical story of the fog was fascinating. I loved the learning process Rose went through, and as very satisfied by the ending. I'm look forward to reading more books by Ms Snoop in the future
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 5* for readers who like Oprah's books; 3* forothers August 4, 2012
After the Fog ISBN 9781469935706, Soft cover, 405 pages by Kathleen Shoop is centered in the steel town of Donora, PA in 1949 when an unusual weather pattern caused stagnation of the overlying air that mixed with the poisonous smoke billowing endlessly from the steel mill furnaces. The numerous deaths and untold numbers of respiratory problems actually led to government intervention.
The story's protagonist is Rose Pavlesic, a community nurse responsible for a large section of the population. She is a highly efficient, but controlling and demanding individual whose contumacious activities unfortunately extend to include her children, her loving husband, Henry, and their extended family. Rose's attitude is the result of abandonment to an orphanage as a child and buildup of an inordinately heavy psychological burden that begins to unravel simultaneously with the worsening city's condition. Presentation of further specific details would be a disservice to prospective readers.
Conclusion: a well-written story set authentically in a historic place and time, around an intricate plot which includes most of the elements that provide for a good `soap opera', or a book that would be well accepted by Oprah. If you do not enjoy this type of fare, this probably will not be `your cup of tea'. Reviewed by JohnH. Manhold, award winning fiction/non-fiction author
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read.
My grandfather (whose name was also Shoop) took me, as a little girl, on some of his business day-trips to parts of PA described in this book. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Sandra Sherbondy
4.0 out of 5 stars Little known disaster and strong protagonist
The writer highlights an air pollution disaster in Donora, Pennsylvania in 1948, which in itself is worth reading about and discussing. Read more
Published 19 days ago by L. Wright
3.0 out of 5 stars Once upon a Pittsburgh mill town!
Enjoyable story with a lot of the Pittsburgh vernacular but too predictable. If you were not from the area it would be lost on the reader.
Published 1 month ago by Claire Marmo
5.0 out of 5 stars Most interesting
I found this story not only interesting but also fascinating in seeing the relationship dynamics between the characters. It also kept me
Published 1 month ago by Pen Name
4.0 out of 5 stars great read
Very much enjoyed After the Fog. I love historical fiction and this was a great story. Donoro PA fog was a tragedy and helped in getting the Clean Air Act passed
Published 1 month ago by Brvfan
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic story
If you don't read anything else this year, you need to read this novel. Overlooking the typos that I find run rampant on Kindle books, this story cannot be put down. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Barbara
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring read
I don't normally review books when I finish reading, but I decided to do it for this book. I loved it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sharon
5.0 out of 5 stars After the Fog
This story was one I enjoyed as well as my 93 year old mother. It had very interesting timelines. Her story carried you through her life to after she realized her mistakes and... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kathleen Ashley
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting History
This book told a story that interested me because I was born and raised in the Pittsburgh area and had never heard of the Donora Smog. I was 12 years old at that time. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Janice W. Parfitt
3.0 out of 5 stars A home nurse
Although my background is home care nursing, this book had a 'foreign' feel to the story-line. It wasn't a book that 'stuck with me' long after reading the book.
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More About the Author

NOW AVAILABLE-- Bliss--an anthology of love stories that all take place in the same house on the water, but each novella is set in a different era! Lovely, fun, easy read!

LOVE AND OTHER SUBJECTS...A fun read for women's fiction lovers!

Thank you for reading about me here and for purchasing my novel! I'm married with two children. I've been seriously writing for almost a decade although I dabbled much earlier than that! I've had short stories published in four Chicken Soup for the Soul books, am a regular contributor to a local magazine, Pittsburgh Parent, and have had essays in local newspapers as well.

I have a PhD in Reading Education and have worked in schools for over twenty years. I work with teachers and their students in grades k-8 and am lucky to learn something new from them every time I walk through their doors. This experience was a huge help in writing LOVE AND OTHER SUBJECTS--a quirky, post-college coming of age story.

My first novel, The Last Letter (2011 IPPY Gold Medal--Regional Fiction, Midwest, 2011 Indie Excellence Finalist Award for Historical Fiction and Regional Fiction, 2011 International Book Awards Finalist for Historical Fiction and Best New Fiction), was a fascinating trip through history, punctuated with fictional characters and events. The idea for the story grew from my great-great grandmother's letters (see My Dear Frank for the complete set of letters!) written during the year of her engagement to Frank Arthur. The beautiful letters are the inspiration for the novel, the seed from which The Last Letter's characters and their voices grew.

I've also written women's fiction--LOVE AND OTHER SUBJECTS-- and have written another historical fiction novel, AFTER THE FOG, set in 1948 in a town not far from Oakmont, PA. AFTER THE FOG is also an award winning book--silver IPPY and WINNER in the literary category of the National Indie Excellence Awards.

Right now, I'm finishing up a 20,000 word short love story for an anthology and am also using my characters and setting from THE LAST LETTER as per reader request to show what happened between the two timelines in the original book! I hope readers will enjoy the fact I write about varied eras and places and that they will love each book for its unique setting and time.

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