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Redemption Mountain: A Novel

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by Gerry FitzGerald

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In this emotional debut from Gerry FitzGerald, a NY executive, restless in his success, is sent to W. Virginia and meets a small-town woman and her son who open his eyes to a richer life than he could have imagined.

On the surface, Charlie Burden and Natty Oaks could not be more different: She, the daughter of many generations of rural farmers; he, an

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Redemption Mountain: A Novel 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful book! The best novel I've read in years. My wife got a preview copy from someone and loved the book. She told me I had to read it which I really didn't want to do because I thought it was a romance. Well it certainly isn't a romance novel! Yes, there is a man from New York, and a woman from West Virginia who are the main characters but there is a lot more to this story than their relationship. There's corporate intrigue (which I especially enjoyed), colorful utility execs, lawyers, and wonderful twelve year old boy with Downs Syndrome, name the Pie Man. A lot happens in this book and you won't want to put it down, and I guarantee that when you get to the final third of the book or so, you'll be staying up all night to finish it! This book made me laugh out loud at times at some of the great dialog, and I have to admit it brought tears to my eyes more than once, including one chapter near the end of the book with a shocking event that made me cry like a baby. If you are looking for one book to bring to the beach this summer, this is the one. You won't be disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great book. You can really relate to the main character, Natty. She tries to be the best mom and wife she can be under less than ideal circumstances. And when tempted by a new love who appears with the promise to be much better in every way than her deadbeat husband, you feel as torn as she does about what she should do. Embrace a new, more glamorous and exciting life? Continue the much simpler, predictable life, but one in which she feels unappreciated and downtrodden? Parallel this to what the energy industry did when in swooped into the small West Virginia community. It promised to bring prosperity and a new life, but there was a dark side as well. And another thing was for certain -- life would not continue on as it once did. Not much different than what's happening now with the promises and potential demise Marcellus shale gas is bringing to this same region of the country. Timely. Interesting. Fast moving. I'd like to read more by this author.
Ilovemister More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book. Lots of factual info on coal mining. I couldn't wait to get home to continuing reading it. I was bummed about the ending however. Maybe he can write a sequel???? Hope and Pray he does. Great work. Please read this book,, you won't be disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gerry Fitzgerald’s first novel is a breathtakingly beautiful tale of love, loss, and redemption. Turning the last page, I had that ache that comes when I have to close the door on characters I had come to care about and a world I wasn’t ready to leave. Take a trip to Redemption Mountain. I guarantee you’ll enjoy the journey.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was well written and kept my interest throughout. Look forward to more writing from this author.
ArizonaFlame More than 1 year ago
Redemption Mountain by Gerry Fitzgerald. Essentially this story is about a man and a woman, each married, bored and unhappy.  Charlies wife is more in love with the money he makes than she is with him.  Charlies is sent from New York to West Virginia by the company he works for.  He ends up meeting Natty. A woman whose first child has Down's Syndrome requiring much of her care and attention. She also has a husband who spends most of his time drinking and away from home.   Among the various additional plots, these two find themselves in love with each other and both struggling with new found love and burned out marriages. In-spite of all of the additional plots within this story, I was bored.  It simply did not get my interest. I found both the writing and the storyline dull.  Renee Robinson