Coal River

Coal River In this vibrant new historical novel the acclaimed author of The Plum Tree and What She Left Behind explores one young woman s determination to put an end to child labor in a Pennsylvania mining town

  • Title: Coal River
  • Author: Ellen Marie Wiseman
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  • Page: 327
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • In this vibrant new historical novel, the acclaimed author of The Plum Tree and What She Left Behind explores one young woman s determination to put an end to child labor in a Pennsylvania mining town As a child, Emma Malloy left isolated Coal River, Pennsylvania, vowing never to return Now, orphaned and penniless at nineteen, she accepts a train ticket from her aunt aIn this vibrant new historical novel, the acclaimed author of The Plum Tree and What She Left Behind explores one young woman s determination to put an end to child labor in a Pennsylvania mining town As a child, Emma Malloy left isolated Coal River, Pennsylvania, vowing never to return Now, orphaned and penniless at nineteen, she accepts a train ticket from her aunt and uncle and travels back to the rough hewn community Treated like a servant by her relatives, Emma works for free in the company store There, miners and their impoverished families must pay inflated prices for food, clothing, and tools, while those who owe money are turned away to starve Most heartrending of all are the breaker boys Emma sees around the village young children who toil all day sorting coal amid treacherous machinery Their soot stained faces remind Emma of the little brother she lost long ago, and she begins leaving stolen food on families doorsteps, and marking the miners bills as paid Though Emma s actions draw ire from the mine owner and police captain, they lead to an alliance with a charismatic miner who offers to help her expose the truth And as the lines blur between what is legal and what is just, Emma must risk everything to follow her conscience An emotional, compelling novel that rings with authenticity Coal River is a deft and honest portrait of resilience in the face of hardship, and of the simple acts of courage that can change everything.

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  • Ellen Marie Wiseman

    A first generation German American, Ellen Marie Wiseman discovered her love of reading and writing while attending first grade in one of the last one room schoolhouses in NYS She is a bestselling author whose novels have been translated into eighteen languages Her debut novel, THE PLUM TREE, is loosely based on her mother s stories about growing up in Germany during the chaos of WWII THE PLUM TREE received much praise for its depiction of WWII and was named by Bookbub as One of Thirteen Books To Read if You Loved ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE Ellen s second novel, WHAT SHE LEFT BEHIND, was named a Huffington Post Best Books of Summer 2015 Her third novel, COAL RIVER, was called one of the most unputdownable books of 2015 by The Historical Novel Review Her fourth novel, THE LIFE SHE WAS GIVEN, was named A GREAT GROUP READS Selection of the Women s National Book Association and National Reading Group Month, and a Best of the Month for July Ellen lives on the shores of Lake Ontario with her husband and two spoiled Shih tzus, Izzy and Bella When she s not busy writing, she loves spending time with her children and grandchildren Find Ellen on Facebook at Facebook EllenMarieWisemanAuthor

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  • 2.5 Pennsylvania, 1912, coal mining is a horribly dangerous and back breaking job. The breaker boys, children so incredibly young sent to the mines, such a heartbreaking thing. Children were not allowed to be children during this time unless they came from wealthy families. Think we almost go overboard the other way in present time.Loved all the history and this was a very easy and quick flowing book to read. Emma though, seemed almost too good to be true. Some of the things she did seemed unrea [...]


  • Wiseman takes on some serious issues in her novels and she develops these themes around some very strong women . In The Plum Tree , it's the holocaust and in What She Left Behind, it's the horrific treatment of patients at an insane asylum, some of whom were committed there without a trace of mental illness . In Coal River , the focus is on the dangers of coal mining in Pennsylvania in 1912 and the inhumane treatment of children forced to work in the mines .Through the story of nineteen year old [...]


  • There was so much injustice in this story -- I was getting sick. The year was 1912. Coal River, Pennsylvania. (Mining Country). Children were working in those mines as young as 6 years old. They were injured, disabled, starving, and fucking abused! Author Marie Wiseman is a beautiful sensitivewriter, absolutely terrific storyteller, she didn't need to use profanity. ( I just couldn't find another word to express my anger: forgive me). I was MAD!!! I wanted to kick somebody in the balls myself on [...]


  • The writing of this book was so poorly executed. It was filled with heaving bosoms, hammering hearts, sinking knees, creeping pin pricks of sweat and the like. The characters appeared to have been extruded from a mold without any nuance. The plot was strung together with highly implausible scenes, concluding with a turn of events which was so ridiculous it was laughable. It is 1912. When a fire leaves 19 year old Emma destitute and orphaned, she reluctantly returns to the mining community of Coa [...]


  • This really did open my eyes to the difficult life of coal miners and "breaker boys" made my heart absolutely break for the tragedy that so many of these families were forced to endure. Overall, I thought this was well written and entertaining. I just kept feeling that parts seemed forced and unrealistic, especially the ending which was a big disappointed for me.


  • Coal River by Ellen Marie Wiseman is an extremely well written historical novel of a fictional coal town in Pennsylvania in the early 1900’s. This is the author’s third novel and now I know why others are talking about her. Through the eyes of her main character, Emma Malloy, she witnesses and relates to us the strife and horrors of coal mining in a small town owned and run by a man who is powerful, greedy and cares nothing about his workers lives. Her main focus is on the breaker boys, who [...]


  • When a new author writes two incredibly wonderful books, What She Left Behind and The Plum Tree and the third one is just so so I feel let down. This is one of those books. However, it was a very good look the coal mines and the black lung disease that was common with the workers then and still is. The author particularly focuses on the heart breaking stories of young boys called the breaker boys, who worked in the mines and the horrible life they were exposed to. The novel starts in the early 1 [...]


  • It pains me to give less than a three-star rating. But to do otherwise when the sum total of a book's strengths and weaknesses falls short of average would be dishonest. False praise is a cruel facade that benefits no one. There is great value in - Coal River. I applaud Wiseman for bringing to light the atrocities of early twentieth century coal mining - the Breaker Boys' experiences in particular. Prior to reading this novel, I knew nothing about these unfortunate little boys. It breaks my hear [...]


  • Nineteen year old Emma Malloy was devastated at the loss of both her parents in a fire at the theatre where they worked. After having lost her younger brother Albert when she was a child, she couldn’t believe she was now an orphan. And when she heard she had two choices – go to live with her aunt and uncle in Coal River, Pennsylvania; or the poorhouse – Emma realized she didn’t have an option. But she had vowed never to return to Coal River – the uncle she despised still put fear into [...]


  • 1912: Die 19-jährige Emma hat ihre Eltern durch ein Feuer verloren und steht nun mittellos da. Ihre Tante und ihr Onkel in dem Bergarbeiterort Coal River nehmen Emma bei sich auf. Vor gut 10 Jahren war Emma zuletzt bei ihnen. Damals verunglückte Emmas kleiner Bruder Albert auf dem Fluss und Emma möchte nichts mehr, als möglichst schnell aus Coal River wieder wegzukommen. Doch dann lernt sie mehr über den Bergarbeiterort, über die Not der Menschen und die gefährliche Arbeit in den Kohlenmi [...]


  • A special thank you to Kensington and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Ellen Marie Wiseman returns followingWhat She Left Behindwith COAL RIVER, set in the backdrop of a poor Pennsylvania mining town in the early 1900s, a powerful portrait of grief, fear, and courage, infused with historical significance. A remarkable story, of one woman’s determination; fierce and compelling—the suspense does not let up until the last page is, breathtakingly, turned.Set in 1912,Ninetee [...]


  • 3.5 stars overall. Great, interesting story about the history of coal mining in a USA town. The writing just felt a bit juvenile at times. But I was hooked and wanted to find out what happened. I would read this author's other novels just to compare.She knew the agony of grief all too well, and seeing it break down this tyrant only proved its power.The book certainly had its sadness but turned out quite alright in the end, as most rewarding novels do.


  • This book was gifted to me. This is my honest and unsolicited review. Being a fan of Ellen's books I was anxious to read this one. It's 1912 and Emma Malloy is on a train headed for Coal River, Pa. where she will stay with her aunt and uncle after becoming orphaned. This is coal mining country where hearty men and very young boys work in the mines. I was quickly drawn into this interesting story. Emma is a strong young woman who quickly observes terrible injustice and unspeakable cruelty within [...]


  • I loved this book; anyone who hasn't read Coal River is really missing out on a great story. This book is about a woman who wants to end the exploitation of children in her small coal mining town and stop the company stores from selling overpriced goods to impoverished mining families.


  • Find this and other reviews at: flashlightcommentary.Every time I see the cover of Ellen Marie Wiseman's Coal River, I think of Audrey Hepburn perched on her window sill while George Peppard watches covertly from his apartment above. Her voice echoes in my mind and I start humming the famed bars of Moon River. For the record, there is no correlation between the movie and the book, I simply couldn't get into the narrative and one point or another realized the title had the right number of syllabl [...]


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  • Review also at Historical Readings & ReviewsAdvanced review copy from publisher via NetGalley. My opinions are my own.Emma Malloy loved growing up in New York City, but after a fire breaks out at the theater where her artist parents worked as set designers, she is left orphaned at age nineteen. She has no choice but to return to the small coal mining town of Coal River, Pennsylvania (a fictional town somewhere near Wilkes-Barre) to live with her self-righteous aunt and uncle. It's a place wh [...]


  • Ok, I rarely give a book one star, and I even more rarely write an actual review, but this one stunk up the joint so terribly that I feel obligated to say something. I was toying with the idea of giving this 2 stars for a while, just for informing me about an historical issue I was ignorant of, but ohgode ending. The ending makes me wish I could go into negative space on my rating. It's like she just handed off the book at some point to a 4th grader who loves rainbows and kittens and ice cream. [...]


  • A very well-researched book about the coal industry in Pennsylvania and child labor laws. However parts of Coal River seemed unbelievable and too saccharine for me. The ending was too tidy and ends were tied up too neatly -- and were borderline unbelievable in my opinion.



  • Before reading Coal River, I had never heard of breaker boys. I knew that conditions in coal mines were often dangerous, and required long hours of labor, but had no idea that young children were so often used, or that it could be so atrocious. (If you ever read Joan Aiken's book Midnight is a Place, and can remember the child factory workers, you'll have some sense of it. Just make it worse - far more dangerous, and the people far more desperate.)Inspired by photographer Lewis Hines, Ellen Mari [...]


  • Coal River tells the tale of Emma, an orphaned 19 year old who moves in with her Aunt and Uncle. Her uncle, a bit of a jerk, is a senior guy at the local coal mine. As Emma learns how the coal mine operates and how the miners are treated, she vows to fix things.My one word summary of this book is unauthentic*. (*Note this is in reference to Emma and the ending, and not the descriptions of the miners or the coal mine.)The author did a good job of describing the running of the mine and the terribl [...]


  • I have read all of Ms. Wiseman's books and I appreciate the fact that she is a true storyteller. Her descriptive writing style makes reading her books like a movie in my head. This story of a coal mining town in 1912 Pennsylvania was very heart wrenching and her vivid storytelling just reinforced that and me feel the story that much more strongly. Emma Molloy loses both her parents in a New York City theater fire. She is sent to Coal River to live with her maternal aunt & uncle. The town has [...]


  • I was a very lucky giveaway winner of this well written book. Coal River takes place in 1912. Emma has been sent to live with her aunt and uncle in Coal River Pennsylvania after her parents died in a fire. Emma had lived in Coal River as a child when her parents sent her and Emma's younger brother Albert to live with the same aunt and uncle. During that time Emma's brother Albert died tragically. Coal River is a mining town that mines coal. Emma is forced to work for free for her aunt and uncle [...]


  • Ellen Marie Wiseman's third book firmly establishes her writing talents. She uses lush descriptions to lure the reader deep into the settings where her signature heroine's plights will keep the reader turning pages all night long. Highly recommended!




  • I really loved the authors first two books, but this one seemed a little off. This author picks great topics to make stories of.Satisfactory but hope the next one is better!!!!


  • Heartbreaking look at child labor in early 1900s coal mineEmma Malloy ends up back in Coal River, Pennsylvania after nine years away. Her and her parents left Coal River after the heartbreaking death of her younger brother and ended up working in the theatre business in New York City. After the tragic death of her parents, she ends up living with a mean-spirited aunt and uncle in Coal River, having to work away the "debt" of their supporting her.Bleak Mountain Mining Company is in Coal River and [...]


  • I too was lucky enough to receive an ARC copy of this fascinating book. I found Coal River to be a riveting read, impossible to put down. Wiseman's characters are wonderful, and the story she weaves around them is mesmerizing. Although slightly familiar with the story of miner's lives I learned a lot from reading Coal River. The fate of the breaker boys was heart breaking, yet Wiseman has brought us a story of hope. I truly enjoyed reading this historical novel. I highly recommend this book to a [...]


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