By Homer Hickam
From the number 1 bestselling writer of October Sky comes this wealthy, unforgettable story. With a similar mind-blowing storytelling that individual his first memoir, Homer Hickam takes us deeper into the soul of his West Virginia homeland at a second while its certain lifestyle is buffeted through forces of time and alter.
It is fall 1959. Homer “Sonny” Hickam and his fellow Rocket Boys are of their senior 12 months at great Creek excessive, and town of Coalwood reveals itself at a painful crossroads.
The lines could be felt in the Hickam domestic, the place Homer Sr. struggles to save lots of the mine, and his spouse, Elsie, is feeling more and more remoted from either her kinfolk and the townspeople. Sonny, regardless of a blossoming dating with an area lady, reveals his personal temper darkened by way of an unexplainable disappointment.
Then, with the vacations coming near near, difficulty on the mine and the coming of an attractive younger outsider deliver unforeseen alterations in either the Hickam kinfolk and town of Coalwood ... as this luminous memoir strikes towards its poignant end.
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Even Big Creek cheerleaders came, dressed in full uniform. By order of the court, we had become the only game in town. As I came up by the blockhouse, I saw a thin, red-haired young woman in a plain brown coat waving at me. I didn’t recognize her. ” she yelled while gesturing with her hand toward her ample breast. Then, when I didn’t come, she walked across the slack to me, her long, slender legs taking big strides. ” she said breathlessly, coming up to me. ” She stuck out her hand. ” she said.
I didn’t recognize her. ” she yelled while gesturing with her hand toward her ample breast. Then, when I didn’t come, she walked across the slack to me, her long, slender legs taking big strides. ” she said breathlessly, coming up to me. ” She stuck out her hand. ” she said. ” I was a little startled by her forwardness. “Pleased to meet you, ma’am,” I said, taking her hand. She had working hands, red and hard. ” She giggled, then laid a huge grin on me, showing me her teeth. I guess she was proud of them, but it was her eyes that captured my attention.
After he got on the paregoric, Mom said Poppy never read another book. Dad had found his father a little house up Warriormine Hollow and saw to the monthly rent. Every other Sunday, Mom and Dad and Jim and I visited Poppy and my grandmother, whom we kids called Mimmie, as meek and quiet a woman as I ever knew. When we came to visit, she spent most of her time at the cooking stove and then sat silently at the table during dinner not eating, her hands folded on her lap. Her oval face was always placid, but it seemed to me behind her mask there was something awful going on.
The Coalwood Way by Homer Hickam