Storming Heaven: A Novel

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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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Interesting time in our country's history of which I know very little. Read full review

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This book is amazing how it makes a time in history so real. I also love how it makes all of the problems with the resource extraction economy in the early 1900s and today so clear. Especially the ... Read full review

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Contents

J MARCUM
CARRIE BISHOP
ROSA ANGELELLI
ROSA ANGELELLI
CARRIE BISHOP
J MARCUM
J MARCUM
ROSA ANGELELLI
ROSA ANGELELLI
CARRIE BISHOP
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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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