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 sure situations within the novel are fictitious and/or decorated, the tale relies on two decades within the lifetime of the writer from his delivery till he enlists within the U.S. army in the course of international battle II.
Joey, the novel’s primary personality, is a timid kid who conquers worry to avoid wasting his father and their domestic whilst it's firebombed in the course of a coal mine strike. Joey’s newly-found braveness permits 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 basic aim in lifestyles is to hide the actual fact she used to be born in Poland. Her moment goal is to cajole her husband to hand over the coal mines for his overall healthiness and since his activity is a resource of her humiliation.
Pawel Gobol is Joey’s humble father, a coal cracker who labored within the mines on the grounds 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 lifestyles is reduce brief by means of the scary Black Lung affliction.
the writer cites the futility and intrinsic risks synonymous with the coal mining undefined. His narration additionally captures the approach to life, spirit and resiliency of Polish immigrants and their families.
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