Coal River

Coal River

Book - 2015
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"As a child, Emma Malloy left isolated Coal River, Pennsylvania, vowing never to return. Now, orphaned and penniless at nineteen, she accepts a train ticket from her aunt and uncle and travels back to the rough-hewn community. Treated like a servant by her relatives, Emma works for free in the company store. There, miners and their impoverished families must pay inflated prices for food, clothing, and tools, while those who owe money are turned away to starve. Most heartrending of all are the breaker boys Emma sees around the village--young children who toil all day sorting coal amid treacherous machinery. Their soot-stained faces remind Emma of the little brother she lost long ago, and she begins leaving stolen food on families' doorsteps, and marking the miners' bills as paid. Though Emma's actions draw ire from the mine owner and police captain, they lead to an alliance with a charismatic miner who offers to help her expose the truth. And as the lines blur between what is legal and what is just, Emma must risk everything to follow her conscience."
Publisher: New York : Kensington Books, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781617734472
1617734470
Branch Call Number: WIS
Characteristics: 327 pages

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ArapahoeMarcia Apr 18, 2018

One of my favorite historical fiction authors. A snapshot of life in a small mining town in rural Pennsylvania in the early 1900s. Captivating and unsettling all at once. Hard to put it down.

muddy8769 Aug 25, 2016

A great read on women's treatment in America during the industrial revolution. A must read.

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