The sins of the mother…
In the steel town of Donora, Pennsylvania, site of the infamous 1948 “killing smog,” headstrong nurse Rose Pavlesic tends to her family and neighbors. Controlling and demanding, she’s created a life that reflects everything she missed growing up as an orphan. She’s even managed to keep her painful secrets hidden from her loving husband, dutiful children, and large extended family.
When a stagnant weather pattern traps poisonous mill gasses in the valley, neighbors grow sicker and Rose’s nursing obligations thrust her into conflict she never could have fathomed. Consequences from her past collide with her present life, making her once clear decisions as gray as the suffocating smog. As pressure mounts, Rose finds she’s not the only one harboring lies. When the deadly fog finally clears, the loss of trust and faith leaves the Pavlesic family—and the whole town—splintered and shocked. With her new perspective, can Rose finally forgive herself and let her family’s healing begin? For every woman who thinks she left her past behind...
Fantastic story boldly told. Rose’s destructive self talk is sooo instructive. Toxic air, society, and family secrets are exposed and purged.55
This book was a revelation to a person who lived in the time frame it was set. My experience on a sandy farm was did not suffer the coal clouds but dust storms. The emotional and physical as well as psychological effects were the same as fog. Families were separated by work and homesteads. Mothers were so busy running the farm they neglected housework and children. As a result, many people grew up sexually abused ,socially bullied and ostracized.. psychologically challenged. I was born in 1939.Thank you for the marvelous novel.55
Gritty and real. Mill towns were dirty and filled with hard working, hard drinking men and women. Our country was built on the backs and deaths of immigrants from all nations. The wealthy owners cared nothing for the workers they were expendable. I’m often ashamed of our country when I read about the atrocities dumped on the helpless. Good book and thank you for sharing this dark time I’m history. G45
Probably one of the better books I have read this year. As an old biology teacher, it was interesting to read this story in a believable novel with good characters and historical logic incorporated. The symptoms, the layout of the town, the development of the crisis; all were woven together in a fascinating tale. Good read!55
Enlightening. I come from a copper smelter town so I’m well aware of the health hazards of industrial towns. So many have died of cancer and lung disease. What a tragedy those companies cared so little about their employees health, low wages, job security, benefits, etc. it is so good that in today’s world changes have been made.55