Storming Heaven: A Novel

Storming Heaven: A Novel

by Denise Giardina
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Storming Heaven: A Novel by Denise Giardina

Annadel, West Virginia, was a small town rich in coal, farms, and close-knit families, all destroyed when the coal company came in. It stole everything it hadn't bothered to buy—land deeds, private homes, and ultimately, the souls of its men and women.
Four people tell this powerful, deeply moving tale: Activist Mayor C. J. Marcum. Fierce, loveless union man Rondal Lloyd. Gutsy nurse Carrie Bishop, who loved Rondal. And lonely, Sicilian immigrant Rosa Angelelli, who lost four sons to the deadly mines.
They all bear witness to nearly forgotten events of history, culminating in the final, tragic Battle of Blair Mountain—when the United States Army greeted ten thousand unemployed pro-union miners with airplanes, bombs, and poison gas. It was the first crucial battle of a war that has yet to be won.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393024401
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 08/17/1987
Edition description: 1st ed
Pages: 312
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About 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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Storming Heaven 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
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Ecellent book. My daddy had told me these stories as a kida and I didn't really remember until one of my employee satys the besy book I have ever read was Storming Heaven. WV will always be wild and woderful. And I always hear WV take me home as I cross the river leaving KY. Pat is right. One of the best books ever and to think that to get this confronation to cease the US GOVERNMENT dropped bombs and gerands on US soil to cease the ewsistment to the UAW. Why? Ask youselves that now that they take the biggest % of revenue.
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Laurel Hale More than 1 year ago
Read this in college and keep coming back to it. Higlhly recommend it. Wonderful story blended with history.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Outstanding writing outstanding subject outstanding book. I discovered this book because it was one brought home by my son from his college required reading list. It is one of the best historical novels I've read and I'm an avid reader of such. Possibly, I think so because it is about historical events of my home place and ancestors. None the less, it is an excellent reminder that we need to be ever so aware that social brutality isn't foreign to the US. For decades I could not understand my father's adamant political affiliation, this book made it crystal clear.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book my freshman year of college and it is one of the best works I've come across. I am now an English professor and I still use this as the assigned novel every year.