Wednesday, June 23, 2010

CALL ME KATE....Meeting the Molly Maguires

A Great New Historical Novel About Coal Region History

Call Me Kate:
Meeting the Molly Maguires by Molly Roe is a young adult novel published by Tribute Books in November 2008.

The plot, set in Pennsylvania's hard coal region, interweaves events of the early Molly Maguire era with the coming of age of a young Irish-American girl.Molly was born in Philadelphia but was raised in Schuylkill County. She is a 1972 graduate of Marian High School in Tamaqua, a 1976 graduate of Penn State University, and she later attained her Ph.D. in education from Temple University. About her motivation for writing, Molly says, "After years of genealogy research, I decided to put my thoughts into writing for future generations. The family stories I heard while growing up in northeastern Pennsylvania amazed me; the stoicism of the people was astounding. I found many of my "ordinary" relatives mentioned in the historical records and Molly Maguire trial transcripts and wondered how they survived the extraordinary events of the time. The "what ifs" led to Call Me Kate, my first novel."

Call Me Kate is available at and in hardcover, paperback, or as a Kindle download.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi great to see a blog about the heritage of the coal region. I miss the coal region archivist and story teller Eric McKeever who retired.

Some books I like on the anthracite region are: "Nine Bells at the Breaker" by Gerri Glodek and "Mine Seed" by Lucia Dailey. "Nine Bells" is well-written, a sad, gritty story of the hardships faced by immigrant miners from eastern Europe. "Mine Seed" is a "faction", history written as fiction, a wonderful read that brings the struggle faced by miners "for a place at the table" to life. "Mine Seed" also has a good bibliography and historical notes.