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Less than Diamonds

Bohaczyk, Pete

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ISBN 10: 1591298237 / ISBN 13: 9781591298236
Published by PublishAmerica, 2003
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Title: Less than Diamonds

Publisher: PublishAmerica

Publication Date: 2003

Book Condition: Good

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This historical novel, Less Than Diamonds, has an antagonist—dysfunction. He clomps through the lives of simple immigrants of a coal-mining Pennsylvania town. He’s an elephant in the living room—no one will admit he’s there. The starring characters are European-born Peter, Anna, and Stash. A triangle moves the novel forward. Hesitation becomes Stash’s personal villian. His lack of proper timing and a mine accident deprive him of widowed Anna. Peter wins the prize. The lives of a second generation unfold as dysfunctional traits are passed along with genes and chromosomes. One offspring dies of illness, one has his legs amputated, another dies heroically at Pearl Harbor—one lives to write a novel. The title, Less Than Diamonds, intimates a similarity between lumps of coal and man; both fall short of the properties of fine gems. Nevertheless, both man and coal serve as valuable commodities on Earth, especially man, who, in spite of never-ending foibles, is still a precious stone in the eyes of God and those left behind.

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