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Ghost People [Kindle Edition]

Sandi Knapp
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Book Description

Junie Mae Lee is the daughter of a coal miner and knows only the coal and the dust that settled on her mama’s freshly hung clothes. Across the Wilder Creek bridge lies a different world where electric lights burn all night in the splendorous Creekstone House belonging to rich mine owner Little Brock Asher. Called a “seer” by her sainted Granny Martha Lee, Junie Mae is keenly aware that ghosts and spirits roam the dark hills and halls of the Creekstone house.

Junie Mae soon learns that things are not what they appear, and sometimes the living can be just as dead as the restless and wandering spirits.

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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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  • Print Length: 352 pages
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  • Language: English
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5.0 out of 5 stars A family portrait with coal country as its backdrop March 2, 2014
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In Ghost People: Death in the Mines Sandi Knapp gives the reader a good idea of what life must have been like for eastern Kentucky's coal mining families in the years after WWII. Not only that, she shows how poverty and desperation can tear a family apart. Her setting is vivid and rich with details, and her characters are complex and believable, a combination that successfully draws in readers and makes them care about these people.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it! 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Ghost People death in the mines September 14, 2013
By Mindy
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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5.0 out of 5 stars These folks seem real July 27, 2013
This book was a pleasure, well written and thought provoking. Sure, it has a few minor typos that didn't get caught in proof reading, but that seems to occur in everyone's work.

Ms Knapp has written a book that I really couldn't put down. The characters seem to be real people. I feel like I've met several of them over the years, both during my excursions into Eastern Kentucky and here in Southern Indiana.

Can't wait to see the next book from this author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Like a literary time machine July 1, 2013
I have long been interested in books about how life used to be, particularly those with a distinct but not overpowering Southern flavor. That said, I found this book to be an absolutely delicious taste of days gone by as wellas an excellent way of learning about events and ways of life before my time. While there are many experiences covered that I am not familiar with beyond documentaries on television and the occasional news headline, there are also plenty of things that I can easily relate to. Things like passing on crucial information about the toxicity of poke berries. The book is also rich in conveying details, utilizing all of the senses to breathe more life into the well-chosen words. I can see myself reading this story on a screened porch with a cool pitcher of tea after a day of gardening, or cuddled under a quilt before bed as the crickets chirp outside, and being quite content. I'm sure anyone else would feel just as satisfied.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Haunting, Powerful Read July 19, 2013
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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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6 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read!! May 6, 2013
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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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7 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down! May 28, 2013
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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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More About the Author

Sandi C. Knapp spent the greater part of life in the hills of Leslie County Kentucky. She attended Leslie County High School and then moved to Salem Indiana. In her late forties she decided to get a degree in English Literature and Writing Concentration. She says,"My goal has always been to write about ordinary people in extraordinary situations. I dislike static characters. I try and make mine as interesting as possible."


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