Old George's Gold
The world of Old George's Gold, the new novel by Steve Repko is viewed through the eyes of Martin Balough, the son of an immigrant miner, as he endures his childhood years and grows to maturity in the small coal mining community of Shamrock, hidden in the Coon Valley among the Allegheny Mountains in western Pennsylvania. The novel depicts the struggles of a troubled young man as he tries to escape the clouds of hopelessness and poverty thrust upon him after his father, Andrew, dies in a coal mining accident in 1932. We follow his trials through the Great Depression and into the early years of World War II. The Baloughs--Martin, his mother and his three sisters--cope with the indignity of being among the more destitute families during a period of great hardship for all Americans. It is also, and most poignantly, the story of a lonely alcoholic, George Popovich, a Polish American coal miner troubled by a mental disorder, the result of battle fatigue he sustained in World War I.
- Paperback | 384 pages
- 139.7 x 215.9 x 25.4mm | 498.95g
- 03 May 2011
- Vantage Press
- United States
About Steve Repko
Like his character Martin, Steve Repko lost his father in a mining accident. Like many second-generation Americans, Repko left his childhood home to find a better life, serving in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean conflict. Today he says, referring to his hometown, "It will always be my hometown. The smell of sulfur fumes from the burning fires on the rock dump still teases my memories, and bug dust from the tipple will always flow through my vveins." He lives in New Jersey.