An Appalachian Coal Camp Novel
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Zetta Berghoffer's dream of a sweet life is jeopardized when her husband, Asa, leaves to work coal so he can pay off their Kentucky farm. Determined to keep the family together, Zetta and their toddlers join Asa and her brothers at the Golden Gate coal camp just before Christmas 1922. She is eight months pregnant. During the first week in the dismal camp, Zetta suffers fearful nightmares of cut trees and fresh dirt--Appalachian signs of trouble. Asa dismisses his wife's pleas to return to their farm, insisting their three-month stay will provide the $400 they need to give their children better lives. Disappointed, Zetta draws strength from her plump red-haired neighbor, Dosha, and the strong willed granny woman, Clarie, who will deliver her baby. And each morning, she thanks the Lord they are one more day closer to home. Or are they?
Bold Words, Inc., 9780692357507, 274pp.
Publication Date: February 25, 2015
About the Author
SANDRA P. ALDRICH, a Harlan County, Kentucky native, is an international speaker and author or co-author of 22 books. Known for her Kentucky story-telling style of speaking and writing, Sandra loves the Lord, family and all things Appalachian. She has a master's degree from Eastern Michigan University, but says her varied audiences seem more impressed with her Ph.D. from the School of Hard Knocks. She may be reached at www.sandraaldrich.com