Coal Run

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Penguin, 2005 - Fiction - 368 pages
28 Reviews

With her eagerly awaited second novel, Tawni O'Dell takes readers back to the coal-mining country of western Pennsylvania. Set in a town ravaged and haunted by a mine explosion that took the lives of 96 men, Coal Run explores the life of local deputy and erstwhile football legend, "The Great Ivan Z.," as he prepares for a former teammate's imminent release from prison. As the week unfolds and Ivan struggles to confront his demons, he reveals himself to be a man whose conscience is burdened by a long-held and shocking secret.

  

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User Review  - Phil Jones - Goodreads

Another gem from O'Dell. Similar to her first novel 'Back Roads' where she writes from the male perspective, this is a well-crafted novel with spunky dialogue, vivid characterisation, and a wicked ... Read full review

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User Review  - Karyn Niedert - Goodreads

I enjoyed this book in spite of the main character, Ivan Z. He seemed like a dumb high school jock in perpetual arrested development. Author Tawni O'Dell did give his character a tremendous arc of learning, to bring readers from beginning to end with great satisfaction for this character. Read full review

Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
15
Section 3
27
Section 4
42
Section 5
65
Section 6
80
Section 7
103
Section 8
120
Section 14
203
Section 15
215
Section 16
259
Section 17
270
Section 18
281
Section 19
293
Section 20
305
Section 21
315

Section 9
140
Section 10
150
Section 11
164
Section 12
177
Section 13
192
Section 22
331
Section 23
351
Section 24
356
Section 25
371
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About the author (2005)

Tawni O'Dell, a western Pennsylvania native, earned a degree in journalism from Northwestern University. In addition to earning wages as a bankteller and a waitress, she put herself through college working as an exotic dancer jumping out of cakes at bachelor parties. A mother of two, she lives with her husband in Illinois. This is her first novel.

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