This book was suggested to me by my sister, Beth. She really liked it, and thought I would too. She was right.
As the wife of an underground coal miner, I really related to the characters in this book. I know all too well the days of washing coal filled overalls, cleaning coal blackened bathtubs, and packing a HUGE lunch for your husband "just in case". I know the prayers said every day and night for his safety.
The characters in Baker Towers are believable because they are flawed, like we all are. The author hasn't tried to make them perfect just so we'll like them. She allows us to peak in at the less than perfect life of an ordinary family living in a coal mining town from the 40' to the 60's. She does this by adding the not so pretty details of day to day life.
I would recommend this book to anyone, but especially those who like historical fiction.
Here's a few pictures of real mining towns of the past.
|Martin, Kentucky in Floyd County abt.1940|
|Weeksbury, Kentucky in Floyd County in 1930|
|Wheelwright, Kentucky in Floyd County in 1946|
I found a cool YouTube video with pictures of miners, and I also found a great Johnny Cash song about coal mining. Enjoy!!
I will always end any post about coal mining with a picture of my own coal miner.
|My Coal Miner|
Source: My Photo