Book of the Month
Playing St. Barbara by Marian Szczepanski
The big coal strike of 1928 ends, yet crosses still burn.
Angry miners plot. Company policemen stalk and spy. Miner’s wife Clare Sweeney hides bruises inflicted by her husband—and her real name. Her three daughters harbor secrets of their own. Each knows (or guesses) only fragments of the others’ unvoiced stories.
Their intertwined lives eerily mirror the 7th century legend of St. Barbara, patroness of miners, reenacted annually in the town pageant. Tested by scandal, heartbreak, and tragedy, each woman will write her own courageous ending to St. Barbara’s story.
SELECTED BY 42 BOOK CLUBS IN EIGHT STATES.
“A timeless story of women finding their voices in a world dominated by rigid social divisions, sexualstereotypes, bigotry, and domestic violence. I cheered for them even after I turned the last page.” - Barbara Claypole White, author of The In-Between Hour
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
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