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By Homer Hickam

Homer Hickam gained the compliment of critics and the devotion of readers along with his first memoirs set within the hardscrabble mining city of Coalwood, West Virginia. The ny Times topped his first publication, the number one nationwide bestseller October Sky, “an eloquent evocation ... a completely fascinating memoir.” And People referred to as The Coalwood Way, Hickam’s follow-up to October Sky, “a heartwarmer ... actually attractive and haunting.”

Now Homer Hickam maintains his remarkable tale with Sky of Stone, brilliant us with beautiful storytelling as he is taking us again to that notable small city we first got here to grasp and love in October Sky.

In the summer season of ‘61, Homer “Sonny” Hickam, a 12 months of faculty at the back of him, was once dreaming of sandy shores and rocket ships. yet prior to Sonny might achieve the beach fixer-upper the place his mom used to be spending the summer season, a phone name sends him again to where he idea he had escaped, the gritty coal-mining city of Coalwood, West Virginia. There, Sonny’s father, the mine’s superintendent, has been accused of negligence in a man’s death—and the townspeople are in clash over the way forward for the town.

Sonny’s mom, Elsie, has commanded her son to spend the summer season in Coalwood to aid his father. yet inside of hours, Sonny realizes issues: His father, continually cool and far-off together with his moment son, doesn’t wish him there ... and his mom and dad’ marriage has all started to resolve. For Sonny, so starts off a summer season of discovery—of love, betrayal, and so much of all, of a brooding secret that threatens to damage his father and his city.

Cut off from his university money via his father, Sonny unearths himself doing the unbelievable: taking a task as a “track-laying man,” the hardest within the mine. relocating out to reside one of the miners, Sonny is quickly dazzled by means of a gorgeous older lady who desires to be the mine’s first woman engineer.

And because the days of summer season develop shorter, Sonny reveals himself altering in spectacular methods, taking the 1st actual steps towards maturity. yet it’s a trip he could make in simple terms via peering into the mysterious center of Coalwood itself, and such a lot of all, by way of unraveling the tale of a man’s loss of life and a father’s secret.

In Sky of Stone, Homer Hickam appears down the corridors of his previous with love, humor, and forgiveness, brilliantly evoking a close-knit group the place we all know every little thing approximately each one other’s lives—except the issues that subject such a lot. Sky of Stone is a memoir that reads like a unique, enchanting us with wealthy language, narrative force, and sheer storytelling genius.

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Sky of Stone: A Memoir

Homer Hickam received the compliment of critics and the devotion of readers along with his first memoirs set within the hardscrabble mining city of Coalwood, West Virginia. the hot York occasions topped his first booklet, the number one nationwide bestseller October Sky, “an eloquent evocation . .. a completely captivating memoir. ” and other people referred to as The Coalwood method, Hickam’s follow-up to October Sky, “a heartwarmer .

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Here’s Sonny,” she said. ” “Hello, little man,” Dad said, glancing in my direction. ” “I thought maybe you and Sonny could have a little talk,” she said. ” Dad wondered. I’m sure I didn’t know, either, but it always amazed me when Dad didn’t pick up on what Mom was after. It was clear as rainwater she wanted us to have a father-son moment, whether we wanted one or not. To save us both, I gave Dad a quick rundown of everything I could think of. ” Dad blinked thoughtfully while I made all my points.

After he inspected the thermometer and made me say “ah” about a dozen times, and felt around my throat, he said, “The boy’s got scarlet fever, Mrs. ” The intake of my mother’s breath was like a nearly missed note on a flute. It was quick, and half air. “Whooping cough, I thought maybe,” she said in a voice as quiet as I’d ever heard it. ” “No. Scarlet fever. Classic case,” the doctor said, fastidiously wiping off the thermometer with alcohol and placing it back into his big black navy medicine bag.

The most desirable quality for a cadet turned out to be standing up straight, which I could do, and knowing how to march, which I could learn, and polishing brass and spit-shining shoes, which I could tolerate. By the time my freshman year was done, I had even managed to get myself promoted to private first class. VPI academics, however, proved to be more difficult, especially chemistry and mathematics. Without the incentive of building my rockets, I had trouble paying attention in those classes.

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