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Denise Giardina






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W. W. Norton & Company; 1st edition (August 17, 1987)





Storming Heaven: A Novel e-book

by Denise Giardina

Storming Heaven is Denise Giardina's second novel. It was published in 1987 and won the . Weatherford Award that year

Storming Heaven is Denise Giardina's second novel. Weatherford Award that year. It mainly takes place in the town of Annadel, which is based on the town of Keystone, West Virginia. Its events also have similarities to the Ludlow Massacre, which is mentioned in the book.

It’s a great, but sad, story. And Giardina has told the story very well.

She is an ordained deacon in the Episcopal Church and lives in Charleston, West Virginia. Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here, or download a FREE Kindle Reading App.

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Denise Giardina - is a novelist. Her book Storming Heaven was a Discovery Selection of the Book of the Month Club and received the 1987 W. D. Weatherford Award for the best published work about the Appalachian South.

Denise Giardina was born and raised in West Virginia. Storming Heaven is that novel. The Cleveland Plain Dealer. An excellent book, full of fine observations and vivid characters. Giardina is a gifted writer. She is the author of Good King Harry, Saints and Villains, Storming Heaven, and The Unquiet Earth. Category: Literary Fiction. People Who Read Storming Heaven Also Read. I was selling these books for quite a while before I looked at them as novels I might like to read.

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Storming Heaven book. Annadel, West Virginia, was a small town rich in coal, farms, and. Excellent novel about an infamous time in US history. My only real criticism is the inclusion of chapters from Rosa's POV.

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Annadel, West Virginia, was a small town rich in coal, farms, and close-knit families, all destroyed when the coal company came in. It stole everything it hadn't bothered to buy--land deeds, private homes, and ultimately, the souls of its men and women.

Four people tell this powerful, deeply moving tale: Activist Mayor C. J. Marcum. Fierce, loveless union man Rondal Lloyd. Gutsy nurse Carrie Bishop, who loved Rondal. And lonely, Sicilian immigrant Rosa Angelelli, who lost four sons to the deadly mines. They all bear witness to nearly forgotten events of history, culminating in the final, tragic Battle of Blair Mountain--when the United States Army greeted ten thousand unemployed pro-union miners with airplanes, bombs, and poison gas. It was the first crucial battle of a war that has yet to be won.
I first read Storming Heaven when it came out 30 years ago. I thought I’d re-read it given the attention coal mining is getting currently and the fact that people still don’t know how the coal companies stole the land in WV and KY and about the harsh treatment of miners and their families before unionization. This fictionalized account incorporates events leading up to a shoot-out in Matewan, WV in 1920 and the Battle of Blair Mountain in 1921, which involved over 10,000 armed miners confronting the mining companies’ private army supported by the U.S. government.

Denise Giardina tells this important story effectively through four first person perspectives, in their own language. The perspective of a Sicilian immigrant is hard to follow and doesn’t add much to the reader’s understanding of the complex relationships among the characters. That would warrant dropping my rating to four stars except that the other three characters and several additional characters are so well developed.

It’s a great, but sad, story. And Giardina has told the story very well.
The dialect of the region of course, slowed my reading initially. Much of the story coincided with some of the stories I heard from family. It is a shame that American History during my school years did not convey the information of our National Forces being sent in to kill our citizens who were risking death every day by entering the coal mines to feed industries that relied on the coal. Too many died trying to fight for fair wages. Thanks to Denise Giardina for telling the story.
I got this because I'm interested in the mine wars/Battle of Blair Mountain and heard the was a novelization of some of that history. The author takes some pretty serious liberties with history, which is fine, just don't come to this book expecting to meet Sid Hatfield swaggering around or see many Baldwin-Felts thugs get what's coming to them or anything like that. It's more of a family saga than a historical fiction.

The writing is okay--most of the characters have believable motivations and so forth, the geography is spot-on (I'm from near a lot of the locations mentioned---my grandma lived in Jenkinjones for a long time, for example) which was fun for me. The blase attitude toward interracial marriage seemed a little unrealistic to the era--I know that it wasn't *quite* as bad in the coalfields as the rest of the country, but it still wasn't a non-issue as it is mostly depicted here.But again, not terribly accurate to the more action-centered parts of the history of the labor riots/mine wars of the early 20s.

Your enjoyment of this novel will depend heavily on your expectations/what you want from it. If you want a fictionalized history of one of the least-talked about parts of American history....maybe keep moving. If you want a sweeping Appalachian romance/drama written from several perspectives, then you'll probably dig it.
As I wrote above I am a coal miners daughter from a small Southern West Virginia town. I am now married to a coal miner as well. First of all I will have to say that I loved this book from beginning to end. The only problem I had with it is that the language is a little hard to understand. I understand some people in West Viriginia talk like this, but most of us do not. But, This book is so amazing and while I was reading it I felt like I was 7 again at my Great-Grandfather's house listening to his many stories about coal mining in the old days. I feel that this is a part of history that often gets looked over. I mean the Battle of Blair Mountain, was the largest labor uprising fought on US Soil. How many people know that? Not many. I read this book my junior year of college in my West Virginia History class. I not only feel like it is great West Virginia history, but American History as well. I can not praise this book enough! Everyone should read it! Thanks so much Ms.Giardina for bringing this tale of the struggles of coal miners to life!
Between 1910 and 1920, one million people moved to the coal fields of West Virginia, Kentucky and Virginia. Hundreds of thousands of folks who were already there were sucked into the coal mines or run off their lands into the coal mines by the combination of big coporations and the governments they bought from Washington down to each county and town. Some were mountaineers from the region, some were immigrants from Italy, Hungary, and Poland, and some like my grandfather Henry Hudson Jones were Black miners from Alabama who thought they could make more money and have less Jim Crow up there.

This book is the story of those people and the struggles they had with the coal companies and the bosses' government. It is told not historically but in the voice of four different people who are not just examples for history but real people struggling for love, to fit into or get away from their families, and who learning about life.

This is a good read, a page turner that does not need to be melodramatic because the lives of its characters have such real drama.

I enjoyed the way the author tried to inhabit the voice of her characters by having them (with the exception of her Italian character) speak in the language that they would have used. However, I am familiar with that language from people in my family as well as having spent years studying Appalachian folk music. I am not sure how someone not familiar with these varients of English would have found this novel.

I live in Florida, but I am in touch with people in the coal fields. Old mines are being reopened in the Appalachians due to the high price of oil and the cheapness of coal. Mining companies are being set up with the same greed that powered the exploiters described in this novel, often with a get rich at any cost while the oil prices are high approach. There are expanding battles coal miners are facing in the Western coal fields in Utah, Colorado, and Wyoming that are now the center of the expansion of the mining industry. Battles are taking place in the West where the new militancy of immigrant workers especially from Mexico has given strength to the UMWA.

Moreover, people in coal areas of Appalachian and no doubt the West, are facing ecological disasters--floods, ruined water, higher risks for cancer and other diseases--as a result of the rapacious way mining was and is being done.

And every year more miners are being killed, more miners are being injured, as safety is disregarded. Unionization a life and death question for miners and their families. Fewer accidents and death take place in mines where the union mobilizes miners to defend their rights to safety and health.

Of course, in a larger sense, all working folks and farmers are up against the same greedy capitalism we see in this novel. We've got no other solution but to get together and realize that we are in a war with the big business system, with the politicians in the Democrat and Republican party supported by that, and we need to follow the example of the fighting miners we read about in Storming Heaven.

After saying all these things about the social and political questions, I want to emphasize that this book sensitively describes the lives of real people, not just in the face of the mines and the struggle but in the real ways we all reach out for love and identity.

This is one where you really feel bad that the book ends. I hope Denise Giardina and other children of the mountains have more like this.

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