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Strange as This Weather Has Been: A Novel Paperback – September 28, 2007
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Ann Pancake's book fast forwards to the beginning of the 21st Century where West Virginians are again facing grave threats to their heritage, their lands, and their lives. Pancake tells us in her book how the land AND the people are used up and discarded. Mountain-top Removal mining is destroying one of America's greatest natural assets for short-term gain by a few individuals. The land left behind is ruined and sometimes toxic. The lives of the people who live there are often ruined as well. The mountains are leveled. The valleys, the hollows, and the streams are filled with debris and lost. People who have lived on the land for generations are displaced with no home to re-visit; their homes and their beloved mountains are gone. As Americans we are all diminished.
To be clear, this is NOT just an expose on Mountain Top Removal Mining. As a novel it is quite enjoyable and well-crafted.Read more ›
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I liked this novel mostly for its accurate painting of the destruction caused by mountaintop removal by coal miners. Read morePublished 5 hours ago by Donna S. Meredith
Pancake is truly the female Shakespeare of Appalachia. Short stories that read like poems; yet flesh out the characters and give the reader a great insight of their inner selves. Read morePublished 5 months ago by kathyfishcake
Life in a valley under a strip mining cesspool. A woman's struggle to survive and thrive in the narrow confines of geography and culture.Published 7 months ago by Jo
I found this book not an easy one to "get into"and not an easy one to just sit down and read through. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Elaine Craig
35 years I've been tucked into the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in Southeastern Ohio. Pancake's tale of it's destruction, from the deep mines to the more visible horror... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Ann M.
Slow, hard to follow, confusing and a little propagandist. It was hard to finish.Published 23 months ago by Tatum
Very well written account of the disastrous mining practices in southern West Virginia, as well as a moving account of what the land means to many of its inhabitants. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Midmar
As a native of Appalachia, I have read a number of books by our native authors. This novel I would rate among the best, particularly for one quality - it depicts - warmly and... Read morePublished on August 8, 2014 by Charles L. Baker