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From the #1 bestselling author of October Sky comes this rich, unforgettable tale. With the same dazzling storytelling that distinguished his first memoir, Homer Hickam takes us deeper into the soul of his West Virginia hometown at a moment when its unique way of life is buffeted by forces of time and change.

It is fall 1959. Homer “Sonny” Hickam and his fellow Rocket Boys are in their senior year at Big Creek High, and the town of Coalwood finds itself at a painful crossroads.

The strains can be felt within the Hickam home, where Homer Sr. struggles to save the mine, and his wife, Elsie, is feeling increasingly isolated from both her family and the townspeople. Sonny, despite a blossoming relationship with a local girl, finds his own mood darkened by an unexplainable sadness.

Then, with the holidays approaching, trouble at the mine and the arrival of a beautiful young outsider bring unexpected changes in both the Hickam family and the town of Coalwood ... as this luminous memoir moves toward its poignant conclusion.

About the Author

Homer H. Hickam, Jr., was born and raised in Coalwood, West Virginia. The author of Torpedo Junction, a Military History Book of the Month Club selection, as well as numerous articles for such publications as Smithsonian Air and Space and American History Illustrated, he is a NASA payload training manager for the International Space Program and lives in Huntsville, Alabama.

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ISBN:
9780440237167
Author:
Hickam, Homer H., Jr.
Publisher:
Island
Author:
Homer Hickam
Author:
Hickam, Homer H.
Location:
New York
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Christmas
Subject:
Scientists
Subject:
Regional Subjects - South
Subject:
West virginia
Subject:
Novelists, American
Subject:
Childhood Memoir
Subject:
Aerospace engineers
Subject:
Scientists - General
Subject:
Novelists, American -- 20th century.
Subject:
West Virginia Social life and customs.
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Biography-Childhood Memoir
Subject:
Biography-Scientists
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series Volume:
368/March 2001
Publication Date:
20010931
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
6.84x4.48x1.13 in. .43 lbs.

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