Storming Heaven: A Novel

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Ballantine Books, 1988 - Fiction - 293 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 Rose 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 10,000 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.
"Brilliant, diamond-hard fiction, heartwrenching, tough and tender." -- Los Angeles Times Book Review

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User Review  - rsplenda477 - LibraryThing

A really interesting and informative book about the coal mines in West Virginia during the 1920s. A great novel for the history of this state's most important resource. Read full review

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User Review  - OracleOfCrows - LibraryThing

Storming Heaven is a story told through four different characters about working in a coal mine in West Virginia. The story centers around the hardships face by the workers and their families; sickness ... Read full review

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About the author (1988)

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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