The Coalwood Way: A Memoir

The Coalwood Way: A Memoir Review

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.

Title:The Coalwood Way: A Memoir
Edition Language:English

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    The Coalwood Way: A Memoir Reviews

  • Jeff Dickison

    I would rate this book 4.5 stars. It could be titled "The Continued Adventures Of Coalwood". My early formative years were in central Kentucky where the cash crop was tobacco, then my family moved to ...

  • Oliver

    The Coalwood Way is a memoir written by Homer H. Hickam Jr., and elaborates on the story that he wrote previously, titled Rocket Boys. It tells of how he managed with being the son of the local mining...

  • Patty

    If you had asked me after I finished Rocket Boys, the first part of Hickam's biography, I would have told you it was deeply personal and very real. After finishing this second installment I can honest...

  • Read Ng

    I don't know why it took me so long to get around to reading this book. Hickam's narrative style is just so vivid and heartwarming. It's a subset of his Rocket Boys book. If you loved that, you will n...

  • Debbie

    This is a follow up book to Hickam's Rocket Boys...but basically covers his senior year in high school and the struggles he has in finding his own place in life, in his family, and watching his dad st...

  • 07aimeeb

    This is the second book that Homer Hickam wrote about his life and the troubles he has. An autobiography that covers his life, Homers, in his last year in high school. With a total of 360 pages it was...

  • Samantha

    People say you know you are in love with someone when being with them is like coming home. I think this applies to books as well. The Coalwood Way is like coming home. It's weird, cause I've never bee...

  • Rick Elinson

    I really liked the movie, "October Sky", based on Hickam's book "The Rocket Boys", so I was happy to pick up a copy of another of Hickam's memoirs about Coalwood. It did not disappoint. Hickam describ...

  • Claudia

    Second in a trilogy of memoirs that began with "Rocket Boys" (October Sky). Memoir concludes with "Sky of Stone". This one went back and went into more detail. Explores issues any boy or girl faces gr...

  • John Valesano

    An very enjoyable read. Sonny(Homer)Hickam is now a senior in high school. He is having growing pains with the thought of leaving Coalwood and going to college, discovering girls, designing the perfec...