The Unquiet Earth

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9780804111447: The Unquiet Earth

"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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I was selling these books for quite a while before I looked at them as novels I might like to read. It was another sales rep who kept after me to read 'just one'. He had told me that I would love them, and learn a lot as well. One time, when I was on the road, and suddenly, without a book to read, I actually bought one copy from a surprised bookseller, who wasn't in the habit of selling a publishers' rep a book from their own company. Anyway, I checked into my hotel, starting to read STORMING HEAVEN, and finished it all in one night. The other rep was quite right--I had never even known that there were Mine Wars in this country, let alone ones so violent that our own army would be called out to subdue the coal miners amid the hills of West Virginia. It was fascinating and heartbreaking, all at the same time. The author also takes great pains in describing the real connection these coal miners (and their families) feel to the actual earth beneath their feet. The connection is made all the more searing when some of the coalminers blood seeps into this earth in the violence of the strike. It was also the first time I had read a book about the union that crossed all ethnic and religious lines--the Irish, the Italians, the Jews, the Christians and others all united mightily together for their fight .It is incredibly powerful.
        
I followed up with UNQUIET EARTH pretty quickly, although it did not hit me as powerfully as STORMING. This books picks up in the 30's and takes us through the doomed union efforts of fifty years before ending in the 80's with a defeated union and a truly depleted earth.
        
When there is news of strikes in the air, like the UPS strike or more recently , the GM strike, my mind always, always goes back to the experience of reading STORMING HEAVEN.

-Alice Kesterson, Ballantine Regional Sales Manager

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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