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Appalachian Diary

By Kimberly S. Brown
There have been many factual accounts written about the turbulent times in Eastern Kentucky during the unionizing of the coal mines in the early 1930s. However, there has never been a work of fiction set in that era that combined the reality of the times with vivid, believable fictional characters. Appalachian Diary is a story not only of a peoples’ struggle, but of a single man’s search for faith after his world is turned upside down due to the senseless death of his son. Appalachian Diary is a written “docudrama” set in the times that Bloody Harlan got its nickname. Many of the stories that go on behind the scenes in this book are based on verbal accounts from people who lived in Harlan County, Kentucky, during that time—most of them my relatives! Many details of daily life come from information gleaned from my extended family and from a diary kept by my grandfather, who lived in Verda, Kentucky, just outside of Harlan. That diary served as the source of my inspiration for the content and the name of this novel. Some of the historic timelines have been altered for this fictional story to better condense some of the activities that took place over decades and generations. I hope you enjoy reading Appalachian Diary.


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    Chapter 1 Excerpt 

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  • I have read this great book and I would thoroughly recommend it to anybody. This book is a real is a real treat for lovers of historical fiction. A highly enjoyable reading experience which has left me waiting for part II, if there is going to be one.

  • In her work, the author has clearly set out to grab the reader from the first chapter. This is exactly what this book has done to me. Once I had started reading, I couldn’t put the book down for 3 days until I’ve read it cover to cover.

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