Storming Heaven: A Novel (Google eBook)

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W. W. Norton & Company, Jul 5, 2010 - Fiction - 312 pages
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Annadel, West Virginia, was a small town rich in coal, farms, and close-knit families, all destroyed when the coal company came in. It stole everything it hadn't bothered to buy--land deeds, private homes, and ultimately, the souls of its men and women.

Four people tell this powerful, deeply moving tale: Activist Mayor C. J. Marcum. Fierce, loveless union man Rondal Lloyd. Gutsy nurse Carrie Bishop, who loved Rondal. And lonely, Sicilian immigrant Rosa Angelelli, who lost four sons to the deadly mines.

They all bear witness to nearly forgotten events of history, culminating in the final, tragic Battle of Blair Mountain--when the United States Army greeted ten thousand unemployed pro-union miners with airplanes, bombs, and poison gas. It was the first crucial battle of a war that has yet to be won.
  

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User Review  - Noelle - Goodreads

This book just was so overwhelmingly sad, at times I didn't want to return to it, but I did want to finish it and find out what happened to everyone. Incredible story teller. Read full review

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Contents

Part One
One
Two
Three
Four
Five
Six
Seven
Fourteen
Fifteen
Sixteen
Seventeen
Part Four
Eighteen
Nineteen
Twenty

Eight
Part Two
Nine
Part Three
Ten
Eleven
Twelve
Thirteen
Twentyone
Twentytwo
Twentythree
Twentyfour
Twentyfive
AFTERWORD
Copyright

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About the author (2010)

Denise Giardina is the author of Storming Heaven, Emily's Ghost, and Saints and Villains, which won the Boston Book Review Prize. She is an ordained deacon in the Episcopal Church and lives in Charleston, West Virginia.

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