Friday, February 17, 2017

Book Beginnings/The Friday 56 - 2/17/2017

Friday 56 is hosted at Freda's Voice and Book Beginnings is hosted by Rose City Reader. The idea is to share a sentence or so from the first page and the 56th page of the book you are currently reading!  Also, I will now also include a brief synopsis.
Coal River

A Brief Synopsis: In this vibrant new historical novel, the acclaimed author of The Plum Tree and What She Left Behind explores one young woman's determination to put an end to child labor in a Pennsylvania mining town. 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. An emotional, compelling novel that rings with authenticity--Coal River is a deft and honest portrait of resilience in the face of hardship, and of the simple acts of courage that can change everything. 

Beginning of the Book:

On the last day in June when the rest of the world was reeling of the sinking of the Titanic, nineteen year-old Emma Malloy was given two choices: get on a train to Coal River, Pennsylvania or be sent to a Brooklyn poorhouse.

Page 56:

But now that she had seen Percy face-to-face and knew that there were no repercussions for what he'd done, the thought of seeing his friends at the Fourth of July celebration filled her stomach with dread.


  1. Sounds like an interesting story! Happy weekend!

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