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Coal River: A Powerful and Unforgettable Story of 20th Century Injustice by [Ellen Marie Wiseman]
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"Wiseman offers heartbreaking and historically accurate depictions... The richly developed coal town acts as a separate, complex character; readers will want to look away even as they're drawn into a powerful quest for purpose and redemption...[a] powerful story"- Publishers Weekly
"In clean, clear prose, Wiseman paints an insightful portrait of a coal town and the miners' struggle for their rights, along with the fight against child labor. This non-stop read is a compelling story of one woman's determination to see justice win over greed and corruption. The careful research shows in every page of this forthright picture of a world brought from darkness into the light." -RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars
"Ellen Marie Wiseman takes readers deep into the politics and hidden atrocities of a 20th-century Pennsylvania mining town." -
"Intense and heartbreaking at times, but full of hope. The author's impeccable research into this era makes for a spot-on portrayal of a dark time in American history. Coal River [is] one of the most "unputdownable" books of 2015." - The Historical Novels Review, Editor's Choice

About the Author

Ellen Marie Wiseman's debut novel, THE PLUM TREE, was released by Kensington Publishing on December 25th, 2012 and received much praise for its depiction of WWII through the eyes of an average working-class German family. It was named One of BookBub's Thirteen Books to Read if You Loved ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE. Her second novel, WHAT SHE LEFT BEHIND, released in 2013 and was named a Huffington Post Best Books of Summer 2015. Her third novel, COAL RIVER was released in November 2015. A mother and grandmother, Ellen lives on the shores of Lake Ontario with her husband and dogs. Her novels have been published in eleven countries. Find Ellen on Facebook at: 

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  • File Size : 2374 KB
  • Print Length : 358 pages
  • Publisher : Kensington Books (November 24, 2015)
  • Publication Date : November 24, 2015
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Enabled
  • Language: : English
  • Lending : Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.4 out of 5 stars 509 ratings

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Lisa Smith
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting glimpse of history
Reviewed in Canada on November 18, 2018
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as her other books. A definite let down.
Reviewed in Canada on February 25, 2017
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Sarah Harmer
2.0 out of 5 stars Predictable struggle between good and evil with cardboard characters
Reviewed in Canada on December 9, 2016
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