- Paperback: 264 pages
- Publisher: Bison Books; First Edition edition (March 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0803236107
- ISBN-13: 978-0803236103
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #281,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Goodbye Wifes and Daughters Paperback – March 1, 2011
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This story also helps us understand how bad or delayed decisions, corners cut, and heartbreakingly slow bureaucracy led to the very tragic ending of 75 lives, the total uprooting of their families as they adjusted to life on their own, and the sad demise of a town with a lot of heart.
You will not regret buying this book. You won't be able to put it down.
A Reader's Opinion:
The summary gives an excellent description of what the book is about, so what you'll get is my opinion and my observations. I found this author because it was an honor book in the 2011 Montana Book Awards. At first I was curious about the misspelling in the title, but that mystery was solved once I read the book (and I'll admit, a tear or two later). Goodbye Wifes and Daughters is more than just a historical account of a horrible tragedy that could have been avoided. It is also a moving story of survival and enduring through terrible hardships.
I enjoyed the way the author told the story as though you're sitting in a comfortable room on a sofa listening to each survivor or family member talk about their side of what happened. What plans did they have for their futures? What were they doing months, weeks, or days before it happened? Where were they the moment they found out? These questions are answered by those who lived it - that's how the story is told. You'll find heroes in the women and children who came out the other side, many without their husbands, and how as the summary puts it, fought back and persevered.
A mining accident might not seem worthy of a story, after all the war was on and far greater tragedies were taking place, right? You just might feel differently after reading this book, because unlike war, this is a tragedy that could have been stopped and the author does great justice to the story and to the people who lived it.
I highly recommend this book for any reader and I look forward to visiting the site to learn more about the history.
My Rating: 4 1/2 out of 5
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Story of a Montana coal mining accident. They used to have parades, dances and everybody enjoyed the outside.Read more
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I put aside for summer reading. I found the book to be very moving and sad.Read more