mine steals everyone I love. Its
taking me too, piece by piece.
Bridie ODoyle, 1887
O’Doyle lives a harsh life. The young daughter of a poor coal
miner, she lives in a Pennsylvania mine patch town. When her father
dies in the mine, she is left orphaned in the care of her relatives,
struggling at the mercy of the cruel mine bosses and indebted
to the company store. She swears vengeance upon Frank Gowen, the
railroad and coal mine kingpin.
Soot weaves history and fiction into a powerful coming-of-age
story. Bridies struggle mirrors that faced by real-life
women in nineteenth-century coal towns, and her search for revenge
delves into a long-standing historical mysterythe violent
death of Franklin Gowen.