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The Land of Opportunity and Other Fictions: Short Stories

Edward Makuta

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Hardcover. 116 pages. Dimensions: 9.1in. x 6.1in. x 0.8in.The Land of Opportunity and Other Fictions is a collection of related short stories that tell of a time long gone, when immigrants from Slavic countries arrived in America on boats in droves. Told in intimate detail, these stories portray the families who settled in the coal regions of Pennsylvania and the hardships that they endured as their communities grew to become burgeoning towns full of families. Times were tough as they forged their way in the new country. To many immigrants, America was not the land of opportunity. Many died because of the coal mines. Many died of influenza, but more than that, they found themselves fighting a war where the European soldiers against whom they fought were often family from their native countries. Among the stories are many memorable characters, like Nicholas Noble, the interpreter and mediator between the captain and the passengers on the Carpathia, a ship that brought many immigrants from Eastern Europe to America. The ship is notable in that it saved the few survivors of the sinking of the SS Titanic from the cold northern seas. In the end, the Carpathia was destroyed by German torpedoes, and Nicolas Noble along with it. Through these heartfelt and vivid stories, the experiences of the Eastern European immigrants and life in the coal towns of Pennsylvania will come to life. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory # 9781450234931

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The Land of Opportunity and Other Fictions is a collection of related short stories that tell of a time long gone, when immigrants from Slavic countries arrived in America on boats in droves. Told in intimate detail, these stories portray the families who settled in the coal regions of Pennsylvania and the hardships that they endured as their communities grew to become burgeoning towns full of families. Times were tough as they forged their way in the new country. To many immigrants, America was not the land of opportunity. Many died because of the coal mines. Many died of influenza, but more than that, they found themselves fighting a war where the European soldiers against whom they fought were often family from their native countries.

Among the stories are many memorable characters, like Nicholas Noble, the interpreter and mediator between the captain and the passengers on the Carpathia, a ship that brought many immigrants from Eastern Europe to America. The ship is notable in that it saved the few survivors of the sinking of the SS Titanic from the cold northern seas. In the end, the Carpathia was destroyed by German torpedoes, and Nicolas Noble along with it.

Through these heartfelt and vivid stories, the experiences of the Eastern European immigrants and life in the coal towns of Pennsylvania will come to life.

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These stories are the result of haunting images that became a part of me during my years in the anthracite area of Pennsylvania, and which I took with me wherever I went. The subject matter is familiar enough, but the title is meant ironically, because, to many of the immigrants, America proved to be the land, not of opportunity, but of disenchantments. I feel that every immigrant group will be able to identify with the characters and situations portrayed in these stories. This book is a salute to my ancestors.

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