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Coal River: A Powerful and Unforgettable Story of 20th Century Injustice Kindle Edition
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"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." - BookPage.com
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- File Size : 2374 KB
- Print Length : 358 pages
- Publisher : Kensington Books (November 24, 2015)
- ASIN : B00VQFKHEC
- Publication Date : November 24, 2015
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #27,213 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Filled with grief after her parents' gruesome death in a Manhattan theater fire, 19-year-old Emma Malloy has reluctantly come to Coal River to live with her Aunt Ida, who views her niece as free labor, and Uncle Otis, who is a bigwig with the local mining company. Because Emma's younger brother, Albert, died in a horrific drowning in Coal River nine years earlier, Emma is viewed as a curse among the superstitious townspeople. Meanwhile, Emma is appalled at the frightening conditions in which boys as young as five and six toil in the mine, as well as the many unscrupulous and dangerous policies of the mining company—done all to make money for the owners. And she is determined to fight it. The plot's twists and turns are utterly ridiculous. Such things could never happen!
As I said, the premise is solid. But the writing is abysmal. The author uses a technique that I will call the "what if soliloquy." Action occurs in the plot, and then Emma has long, drawn-out and tedious thoughts analyzing what just happened by asking herself many pointless "what if" questions. This doesn't further the plot; it bores and frustrates the reader. If this happened on a stage, the actors would all freeze except for one, who would talk to the audience. It's fine once in a while…but this happens over and over and over again.
I will give Ellen Marie Wiseman kudos for the extensive research and authentic historical details she provides in the book. It's just a shame that the story wasn't told as well.
Aside from the predictable plot changes, a problem with errors interrupts the reading. Misused words, poor punctuation and misspellings cause the readers to lose focus. This book should have been properly proofread prior to publication.
My grandfather, mother and uncles worked at the company store and they lived in houses that started out as company houses.
I learned about strikes and being thrown out of houses from my grandparents and I knew about the Molly Maguires. One of my grandfathers died from “ black Lung”.
The need to regulate the mine owners was overwhelming and this books tells why.
Top reviews from other countries
I did feel the story was a bit thin and relied on too many evil villains and sainted heroes for me to truly enjoy. A little more depth of characterization along with less reliance on standard plot twists would have made the story better.
in Scotland. A very strong woman's story . I liked it very much.