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Homer Hickam won the praise of critics and the devotion of readers with his first two memoirs set in the hardscrabble mining town of Coalwood, West Virginia. The New York Times crowned his first book, the #1 national bestseller October Sky, “an eloquent evocation ... a thoroughly charming memoir.” And People called The Coalwood Way, Hickam’s follow-up to October Sky, “a heartwarmer ... truly beautiful and haunting.”

Now Homer Hickam continues his extraordinary story with Sky of Stone, dazzling us with exquisite storytelling as he takes us back to that remarkable small town we first came to know and love in October Sky.

In the summer of ‘61, Homer “Sonny” Hickam, a year of college behind him, was dreaming of sandy beaches and rocket ships. But before Sonny could reach the seaside fixer-upper where his mother was spending the summer, a telephone call sends him back to the place he thought he had escaped, the gritty coal-mining town 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 conflict over the future of the town.

Sonny’s mother, Elsie, has commanded her son to spend the summer in Coalwood to support his father. But within hours, Sonny realizes two things: His father, always cool and distant with his second son, doesn’t want him there ... and his parents’ marriage has begun to unravel. For Sonny, so begins a summer of discovery—of love, betrayal, and most of all, of a brooding mystery that threatens to destroy his father and his town.

Cut off from his college funds by his father, Sonny finds himself doing the unimaginable: taking a job as a “track-laying man,” the toughest in the mine. Moving out to live among the miners, Sonny is soon dazzled by a beautiful older woman who wants to be the mine’s first female engineer.

And as the days of summer grow shorter, Sonny finds himself changing in surprising ways, taking the first real steps toward adulthood. But it’s a journey he can make only by peering into the mysterious heart of Coalwood itself, and most of all, by unraveling the story of a man’s death and a father’s secret.

In Sky of Stone, Homer Hickam looks down the corridors of his past with love, humor, and forgiveness, brilliantly evoking a close-knit community where everyone knows everything about each other’s lives—except the things that matter most. Sky of Stone is a memoir that reads like a novel, mesmerizing us with rich language, narrative drive, and sheer storytelling genius.

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The author of the best-selling October Sky continues the story of his life with an account of the summer of 1961, which marks the end of his first year of college and the beginning of his dreams to leave his hometown of Coalwood behind forever, until a scandal at the mine that threatens to ruin his father draws him back home. Reprint.

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<p>Homer Hickam won the praise of critics and the devotion of readers with his first two memoirs set in the hardscrabble mining town of Coalwood, West Virginia. <I>The New York Times</I> crowned his first book, the #1 national bestseller <i>October Sky</i>, "an eloquent evocation... a thoroughly charming memoir." And <I>People</I> called <i>The Coalwood Way</i>, Hickam's follow-up to <i>October Sky</i>, "a heartwarmer... truly beautiful and haunting."</p><p>Now Homer Hickam continues his extraordinary story with <i>Sky of Stone</i>, dazzling us with exquisite storytelling as he takes us back to that remarkable small town we first came to know and love in <i>October Sky</i>.</p><p>In the summer of '61, Homer "Sonny" Hickam, a year of college behind him, was dreaming of sandy beaches and rocket ships. But before Sonny could reach the seaside fixer-upper where his mother was spending the summer, a telephone call sends him back to the place he thought he had escaped, the gritty coal-mining town 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 conflict over the future of the town.</p><p>Sonny's mother, Elsie, has commanded her son to spend the summer in Coalwood to support his father. But within hours, Sonny realizes two things: His father, always cool and distant with his second son, doesn't want him there... and his parents' marriage has begun to unravel. For Sonny, so begins a summer of discovery — of love, betrayal, and most of all, of a brooding mystery that threatens to destroy his father and his town.</p><p>Cut off from his college funds by his father, Sonny finds himself doing the unimaginable: taking a job as a "track-laying man," the toughest in the mine. Moving out to live among

About the Author

Homer Hickam is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller October Sky as well as the acclaimed follow-up to October Sky, The Coalwood Way. He is also the author of Back to the Moon and Torpedo Junction, as well as numerous articles for such publications as Smithsonian Air and Space and American History Illustrated. He lives with his wife in Huntsville, Alabama — Rocket City, USA.

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ISBN:
9780440334477
Subtitle:
A Memoir
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Author:
Hickam, Homer H., Jr.
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Homer Hickam
Author:
Hickam, Homer H.
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Homer H. Hickam, Jr.
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General
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Coal mines and mining
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Novelists, American
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Regional Subjects - MidAtlantic
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Childhood Memoir
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Personal Memoirs
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Scientists - General
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Biography & Autobiography-Personal Memoirs
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Biography & Autobiography-Scientists - General
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Biography & Autobiography : Scientists - General
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Biography & Autobiography : Personal Memoirs
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Biography & Autobiography : General
Subject:
West virginia
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Novelists, American -- 20th century.
Subject:
West Virginia Social life and customs.
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General Biography
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Astronomy-Space Exploration
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Biography - General
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Biography-Literary
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Biography-Scientists
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Science Reference-General
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main_subject
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all_subjects
Publication Date:
20021029
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
432

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Product details 432 pages Random House Publishing Group - English 9780440334477 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , The author of the best-selling October Sky continues the story of his life with an account of the summer of 1961, which marks the end of his first year of college and the beginning of his dreams to leave his hometown of Coalwood behind forever, until a scandal at the mine that threatens to ruin his father draws him back home. Reprint.
"Synopsis" by , <p>Homer Hickam won the praise of critics and the devotion of readers with his first two memoirs set in the hardscrabble mining town of Coalwood, West Virginia. <I>The New York Times</I> crowned his first book, the #1 national bestseller <i>October Sky</i>, "an eloquent evocation... a thoroughly charming memoir." And <I>People</I> called <i>The Coalwood Way</i>, Hickam's follow-up to <i>October Sky</i>, "a heartwarmer... truly beautiful and haunting."</p><p>Now Homer Hickam continues his extraordinary story with <i>Sky of Stone</i>, dazzling us with exquisite storytelling as he takes us back to that remarkable small town we first came to know and love in <i>October Sky</i>.</p><p>In the summer of '61, Homer "Sonny" Hickam, a year of college behind him, was dreaming of sandy beaches and rocket ships. But before Sonny could reach the seaside fixer-upper where his mother was spending the summer, a telephone call sends him back to the place he thought he had escaped, the gritty coal-mining town 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 conflict over the future of the town.</p><p>Sonny's mother, Elsie, has commanded her son to spend the summer in Coalwood to support his father. But within hours, Sonny realizes two things: His father, always cool and distant with his second son, doesn't want him there... and his parents' marriage has begun to unravel. For Sonny, so begins a summer of discovery — of love, betrayal, and most of all, of a brooding mystery that threatens to destroy his father and his town.</p><p>Cut off from his college funds by his father, Sonny finds himself doing the unimaginable: taking a job as a "track-laying man," the toughest in the mine. Moving out to live among
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