Unquiet Earth

Unquiet Earth

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by Denise Giardina
     
 

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"A flawless, fearless, great American story. It cuts a wide path through the worst and the best of what we are."
BARBARA KINGSOLVER
From the mining shanty towns of West Virginia comes this moving and passionate saga of a family, a community, and a way of life all but gone. In this coal-smudged place, Dillon, Rachel, and Jackie hopelessly intertwined

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"A flawless, fearless, great American story. It cuts a wide path through the worst and the best of what we are."
BARBARA KINGSOLVER
From the mining shanty towns of West Virginia comes this moving and passionate saga of a family, a community, and a way of life all but gone. In this coal-smudged place, Dillon, Rachel, and Jackie hopelessly intertwined in love and politics live in the shadow of the dying mines and the doomed union movement. Set against the devastation of the Depression, the fearful pulse of a world at war, the dawning hope of the War on Poverty, and, ultimately, the untamable force of nature herself, THE UNQUIET EARTH is a bold and bittersweet story of unforgettable men and women, and the times that made them great.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Giardina's powerful sequel to the highly praised Storming Heaven again focuses on Blackberry Creek, a West Virginia coal-mining town targeted for union-busting by coal companies and the federal government. In a timeframe reaching from 1930 to the present, Giardina dramatizes the community's--and individual characters'--short-lived victories, overwhelming frustrations and ultimate devastation. Rebels kept in check with threats of violence, impoverished children whose pride is damaged by outsiders' self-satisfied displays of charity, and men who have survived mine-shaft collapses only to succumb to black lung disease populate these pages; all must watch as their cherished sites are destroyed by machines that strip the land. Central to the novel is the secret, star-crossed love affair of cousins Dillon Freedman, a fierce union activist, and Rachel Honaker, a practical woman who holds an establishment job as a nurse. Their emotional bond is strained by conflicting politics, while their tragic situation is magnified by Rachel's daughter Jackie, who is unaware that Dillon may be her father and ashamed of her ``hillbilly'' roots. Narrated in four primary and three lesser voices, this compelling saga starkly portrays the mining families' symbiotic, spiritual relationship with nature and their helplessness in dealing with the ruthless men who control their lives. (May)
Library Journal
This sequel to Storming Heaven ( LJ 7/87) follows the next generation of West Virginia coal miners from the Depression into the 1990s. Union organizer Dillon Freeman fights against the increasingly sophisticated tactics of the coal company while he struggles with his feelings for his cousin Rachel Honaker. She crosses over into ``enemy territory'' when she becomes entangled with company men, but continues to help her family and friends as a county public health nurse. Rachel's daughter Jackie learns of a world beyond Blackberry Creek when she meets Tom, a priest from the Peace Corps, who seeks to organize a food co-op and later works for social justice in Honduras. Giardina continues to create believable characters and a vivid landscape of pain as the coal mining community disintegrates over time. Highly recommended.-- Heather Blenkinsopp, Mercy Coll. Lib., Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.

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ISBN-13:
9780804111447
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/28/1994
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
339
Product dimensions:
4.25(w) x 6.86(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

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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