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By Homer Hickam

In the summertime of ‘61, Homer “Sonny” Hickam, a 12 months of faculty in the back of him, used to be dreaming of sandy shorelines and rocket ships. yet sooner than Sonny may well succeed in the seashore fixer-upper the place his mom used to be spending the summer season, a phone name sends him again to where he inspiration 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 help his father. yet inside of hours, Sonny realizes issues: His father, constantly cool and far-off together with his moment son, doesn’t wish him there ... and his parents’ marriage has all started to solve. For Sonny, so starts off a summer time of discovery—of love, betrayal, and such a lot 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 reveals himself doing the incredible: taking a task as a “track-laying man,” the hardest within the mine. relocating out to dwell one of the miners, Sonny is quickly dazzled by means of a stunning older girl who desires to be the mine’s first lady engineer.

And because the days of summer season develop shorter, Sonny reveals himself altering in fabulous methods, taking the 1st actual steps towards maturity. yet it’s a trip he could make merely by way of peering into the mysterious middle of Coalwood itself, and so much of all, by means 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 neighborhood the place we all know every 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 singular, captivating us with wealthy language, narrative force, and sheer storytelling genius.

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Still, I left. I could say that I was thinking of the vows I was supposed to recite in another few months or that between the photographer and F. there was no choice. But, really, who was asking me to make a choice? (The allure of infidelity—one of 0738215266-text_Layout 1 8/24/12 10:06 AM Page 37 Another Insane Devotion 37 the allures—is the allure of not choosing. —make me stay later and later, until she’d either gotten the wrong impression or was good and sick of me. It may be that much of my loyalty to F.

Marilyn Monroe says, “It’s okay, I guess. ” So Marilyn Monroe shows John Wayne her boobies, and he feels them with his hands. ” John Wayne says, “That’s okay. ” I heard this joke in my first year of grade school, from the boy sitting at the desk next to mine. I don’t remember anything about him, but I can still remember the sweet voltage that tore 0738215266-text_Layout 1 8/24/12 10:06 AM Page 33 Another Insane Devotion 33 through me as I got his meaning. ” For a moment, I was almost too shocked to laugh.

We worried about our central nervous systems, and about the cats’, which were more sensitive. Every time Biscuit raced across the floor for no reason or rolled onto her side and tried to disembowel a table leg with her hind feet, we thought the worst. The humming mounted; the bees stormed out in greater numbers, like cavalry making sorties from a besieged fortress. The workmen sweltered beneath the July sun in padded jackets and canvas gloves. The cats clamored to go out. At some point the extermination began to take effect.

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