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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tawni O’Dell Narrator: Daniel Passer Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2004 ISBN: 9781429589383
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With her eagerly awaited second novel, Coal Run, Tawni O’Dell takes us back to the coal mining country of western Pennsylvania, the territory she renders with striking authenticity. Ivan Zoschenko, the local deputy and erstwhile football legend, “The Great Ivan Z,” sidelined years ago by a knee injury, spends a week seemingly preparing for an old teammate’s imminent release from prison. In doing so, Ivan introduces a rich cast of characters—his unexpectedly wise and comic former beauty queen sister, his former idol Val Claypool, and the young woman whose life he changed forever. And during the events of this week, Ivan confronts his demons and reveals himself to be a man whose conscience is burdened by a long-held and shocking secret that must be reckoned with.

Driven by the same raw energy, humor, suspense, and compassion for a place and a way of life that made O’Dell’s first novel so unforgettable, Coal Run is an uncompromising and absorbing novel that advances on, even transcends, the incredible promise of Back Roads.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Probing, heartbreaking…O’Dell’s portrait of Zoschenko is deep and penetrating, but even more moving is her portrayal of the coal-town community…This is a fierce, sharply drawn and richly sympathetic tribute to working-class America.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “A glorious story of love and loss, of achievement and disappointment, of hope and despair…The novel takes place over the course of only one week, yet O’Dell manages to give the story an epic dimension through masterful intercutting of past and present…A beautifully written, sweeping story.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “This one’s pretty close to a masterpiece.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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About the Author
Author Tawni O’Dell

Tawni O’Dell is the New York Times bestselling author of Fragile Beasts, Sister Mine, Coal Run, and Back Roads, which was an Oprah’s Book Club pick and a Book-of-the-Month Club Main Selection. O’Dell’s work has been translated into fifteen languages and published in over forty countries. She was born and raised in the coal-mining region of western Pennsylvania, the territory she writes about with such striking authenticity. She graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in journalism and spent many years living in the Chicago area before moving back to Pennsylvania, where she now lives with her two children.