The Burning

The Burning

by J. P. Seewald


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George Ferris has worked hard to make a good life for himself and his family without going into the coal mines that shortened his father’s life. Now, a slow-moving catastrophe is threatening to take it all away. How far will he go to protect everything he has worked for? And will he realize what really matters before it is too late?

Inspired by real events.

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ISBN-13: 9781944354268
Publisher: Annorlunda Enterprises
Publication date: 10/01/2017
Pages: 136
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

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The Burning 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
BuriedUnderBooks More than 1 year ago
The first time I heard about coal fires burning under a town, years ago, I was horrified and I still am. It seems almost like science fiction and the idea that people would either have to live with such a never-ending threat or leave the homes and neighbors they had known for so long is little short of overwhelming. George is a man who's easy to understand because his whole way of life is undergoing a major transformation, beginning with the huge divide between him and his brother, Larry, a man who chose to leave his blue collar background behind. George takes pride in his life and it's painful watching him have to make choices that he never wanted or expected to have to make. He's watching his very existence, everything that makes him who he is, turn to ashes and not only because of the fire burning under his gas station. The frustrations that come with dealing with the bureaucracy that is more obstructive than helpful make George and the people around him begin to think they've been abandoned; as one catastrophe piles on another and another, it's easy to see the despair George feels and his desperation to find solutions. Unfortunately, fear and a lingering denial, even self-pity, lead to some very wrong choices. In the midst of devastation, the unbreakable but shaky bonds between George and Larry come to the fore and just may be the saving grace that the brothers need. The Burning is a short but intense story and, once I started reading, I couldn't put it down; knowing it's based on true events makes this a truly compelling read.
susancoryellauthor More than 1 year ago
The Burning by Jacqueline Seewald – reviewed by Susan Coryell The Burning is a fine novella by seasoned author Jacqueline Seewald. Based on a true event, the fictional work involves the Ferris family, George and Liz and their two school-aged children Amy and Jimmy, whose health, home and family livelihood are threatened when an underground fire wreaks havoc on their coal town. The town, aided by George’s lawyer brother, Larry, finds itself virtually helpless against the greedy coal company and the lack of government support until enough people are asphyxiated to move them to action. With close calls for every member of the family, Liz vows to make what happened to them matter. With her usual clear eye for character and conflict, author Seewald, pulls the reader into what seems a normal dynamic of a family that does not realize it is on the brink of a disastrous life-change. The tension carries the quick, intense narrative to a satisfying, if open-ended finish. The Burning is a highly recommended read, especially for those interested in environmental disasters and how they affect ordinary people all over the world.
SteveSlavin More than 1 year ago
A novella set in a former coal-mining town, The Burning is the story of George and Larry, the sons of a miner. One owns a car-repair shop, is married to a local girl, and has two teen-age children. The other is a successful lawyer married to a very selfish rich woman, who lives on the wealthy side of town. Growing up, the George and Larry had been very close. But since adulthood they had drifted apart. Still, they maintained a close emotional bond. Then suddenly, events which had occurred decades before, would once again bring the brothers together. Would they be able to overcome their differences and deal with a gathering crisis? And would they remember what was most important in their lives? As the story progresses, the book becomes, quite literally, a page-turner. The author of over a dozen novels, J.P. Seewald manages to maintain a high level of suspense to the very last page. The Burning will appeal especially to readers who grew up in our nation’s vast rustbelt, and would make an excellent book club selection.