Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
On Sale: January 9, 2018
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A charming and engrossing novel for fans of Southern
fiction and the recent hit memoir Hillbilly Elegy about a
lush and storied coal-mining town—and the good people who
live there—in danger of being destroyed for the sake of
profit. Will the truth about the town’s past be its final
undoing or its saving grace?
1933. In the mining town of Beulah Mountain, West
Virginia, two young girls form an unbreakable bond
against the lush Appalachian landscape, coal dust and old
hymns filling their lungs and hearts. Despite the
polarizing forces of their fathers—one a mine owner, one
a disgruntled miner —Ruby and Bean thrive under the
tender care of Bean’s mama, blissfully unaware of the
rising conflict in town and the coming tragedy that will
tear them apart forever.
2004. Hollis Beasley is taking his last stand. Neighbors
up and down the hollow have sold their land to Coleman
Coal and Energy, but Hollis is determined to hold on to
his family legacy on Beulah Mountain. Standing in his way
is Buddy Coleman, an upstart mining executive who hopes
to revitalize the dying town by increasing coal
production and opening the Company Store Museum. He’ll
pay homage to the past—even the massacre of 1933—while
positioning the company for growth at all costs.
What surprises them all is how their stories will
intersect with a feisty octogenarian living hundreds of
miles away. When Ruby Handley Freeman’s grown children
threaten her independence, she takes a stand of her own
and disappears, propelling her on a journey to face a
decades-old secret that will change everything for her
and those she meets.
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