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When I wrote "Ghost People: Death in the Mines" I decided to make it a novel of my Mother's life. My Grandfather visited often and talked of nothing else but the strikes and how the coal had ended his marriage to my Grandmother. I think it was the mystery as to how the coal could make my Grandmother leave my Grandfather that had captured my interest.  I titled my book "Ghost People" because there are some who live in poverty and see no end in sight. When this happens there is a loss of spirit which make people ghosts and they often are not aware that they are dead.           

About the Author

Sandi Knapp spent most of her childhood in Hyden, Kentucky, and was raised with the stories and lives of coal miners. She now lives and writes in Indiana.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 14, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1484112024
  • ISBN-13: 978-1484112021
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,993,058 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I loved this book! It was such an emotional rollercoaster as you read the experiences of poverty, the coal mining lifestyle, backwoods family values, and death. You really got a feel for what it must've been like back then. The storyline had plenty of twists...there never was a dull moment.
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As an English major, I've read a great many works of regional fiction, and I can honestly say this novel ranks among the highest in terms of authenticity and poignancy. This book is not without flaws (some probably due to copy editing), but the positives far, far outweigh any slight negatives. Ms. Knapp's characters are engaging and realistic, and her descriptions of the Kentucky landscape are hauntingly beautiful. While the novel never takes us inside the mines themselves, it succeeds quite resoundingly in capturing how the coal mines dominate the world around them, both literally and metaphorically. What the novel does best, in my opinion, is the creation of realistic and gripping relationships between the characters. The relationship between Junie Mae and her mother is one of the most powerful I've ever read, bar none, and all of the interconnected relationships create a complex and flawed world, equally as devastating as it is beautiful.

In short, I'd recommend this novel to anyone interested in literature about Kentucky, about coal mines, or about family relationships. The book will be well worth your time!
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By sheila casey on September 21, 2013
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I thought the book was really good! It made it seem like I was there with them through it all! Definitely waiting for book 2!
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Ghost People Death In The Mines by Sandi C. Knapp was a wonderful find. This is not my first choice of genre and these days it is rare that I find a book that draws me in and won't let me go in any genre. This book grabbed a hold of me and wouldn't let go until the final page.

I felt like I was with Junie Mae every step of her journey. I felt her sorrows, her joys, and her hopes and dreams. I felt her struggles to understand Mama and Amity's affection for her. The author used the perfect amount of carefully chosen details so the reader had no doubt what it was like growing up a coal mining community during the 1940's and 1950's and the hardships they endured. I read this book with little knowledge of coal mining communities, but I felt like I was transported to Kentucky and in the coal mining community from the first page.

All of the characters were distinct and lively. Junie Mae, Rose, Mama, Daddy, Granny Lee and Grandma Haley to name a few all were full of life and very different from one another. I read a lot and it's not often that a see such a large cast of characters so well defined. I felt like knew each one.

This book is a rare and special treat. I enjoyed the read so much I ordered another copy for my mother not wanting to let my copy out of my hands. I'm not sure what else I can say, just that I don't think my review can do justice to the work. I don't say this lightly, but this book touched me at a level that few books do. I will read this book again.
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As a granddaughter of a coal miner, this story gripped me from the beginning. I felt like
I could have been reading about my own family.
Ms. Knapp really captured the spirit of the miners and the people living in the small rural
mining twins.
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I found myself glued to the pages. Good read, great story well told. Learned some things. My father was a Ghost People so this was what initially attracted me to the purchase. Was entertained for hours, 10/10 would buy again.
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This is a great read! I couldn't put it down. My great grandfather was a coal miner, and this story reveals in depth the hardships they all endured. Wonderfully written!
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I think the book titled Ghost People: Death in the Mines (Paperback) is a really good book and should be read by everybody that reads good books. You did wonderful job Sandi C Knapp. Only problem was that the instructions was not clear enough and my dongers got a paper cut. Very very bad but *****5***** on book. Very well done Sandi C Knapp. Please buy book everybody. pls. gooby pls
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