By Gene Gomolka
“Coal Cracker’s Son” is a memoir that focuses upon a chain of episodes within the lifetime of Joey Gobol and his Polish family members after they lived in Nanticoke, a small coal-mining city in northeast Pennsylvania, through the nice melancholy.
even though yes eventualities within the novel are fictitious and/or decorated, the tale is predicated on two decades within the lifetime of the writer from his beginning until eventually he enlists within the U.S. army in the course of international struggle II.
Joey, the novel’s vital personality, is a timid kid who conquers worry to avoid wasting his father and their domestic whilst it really is firebombed in the course of a coal mine strike. Joey’s newly-found braveness allows him to conquer destiny adversities at domestic and as a sailor on a destroyer escort engaged within the pursuit of German U-boats.
Victoria Gobol is Joey’s ostentatious mom whose fundamental objective in existence is to hide the actual fact she used to be born in Poland. Her moment target is to cajole her husband to surrender the coal mines for his future health and since his task is a resource of her humiliation.
Pawel Gobol is Joey’s humble father, a coal cracker who labored within the mines due to the fact that he used to be 15. He and Victoria meet in the course of a church choir perform and marry. He finally escapes the mines yet his existence is lower brief via the scary Black Lung ailment.
the writer cites the futility and intrinsic hazards synonymous with the coal mining undefined. His narration additionally captures the life-style, spirit and resiliency of Polish immigrants and their families.
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Coal Cracker's Son by Gene Gomolka