For generations, Perry James’
family has lived under the shadow of the Cumberland range and worked in the
coal mines. Staunch union supporters, Perry's grandfather and father have known
hard times and after Perry helps to sabotage the mine to keep the 'scabs' out,
things look bleaker than ever.
To escape from the cycle of
poverty, Perry signs up with the Jobs Corps, where they begin to teach him how
to read and write, as well as train him in a skilled trade. But Perry is torn
between family honor and the lure of seedy beer joints where he can drink and
escape the dark and atavistic heritage of the Cumberland Mountains.
Burke brings his brilliant feel
for time and place to a stunning story of Appalachia in the early 1960s. Download and start listening now!