It's important to know that people fought back. When I found
out that people fought back, I thought maybe I should, too.
- Born in 1951 in the coal camp of Black Wolf near Bluefield, West
- Her father was a bookkeeper at the Black Wolf coal company until
its closure in 1964.
- Giardina's grandfather, an Italian immigrant from Sicily, worked
in the mines as did most of her uncles.
- Attended West Virginia Wesleyan University and did graduate work
at Marshall University.
- A 1979 graduate of the Episcopalian Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia.
- After graduating from the Seminary, Giardina became a writer instead
of becoming an ordained minister
- Her first novel Good King Harry, a historical novel about
Henry V, is published in 1984
- Giardina's second novel, Storming Heaven(1987), is based
on the Battle of Blair Mountain, West Virginia.
- The Unquiet Earth (1992) is a continuation of Storming Heaven which
further addresses the injustices committed in West Virginia and Kentucky
by the coal companies
- Giardina's last two novels are heavily influenced by her personal
experiences and also espouse her political beliefs
- Giardina is proud of her Appalachian heritage and believes that
writing is a way to educate people about Appalachia
- and the miners who struggled for their freedom from a system that
could be compared to feudalism.
- Her belief that people of all classes and races shold work together
comes from her experience as a union organizer.
- Giardina's book tells a story; although West Virginia may come off
with a negative image, she is merely recounting the horrors that stemmed
from the Mine Wars.
- She sees the Appalachian experience as universal because the theme
of exploitation is the same all over the world.
Look for these West Virginia authors
- Maggie Anderson
- Jayne Anne Phillips
- Irene McKinney
- Pinckney Benedict
- Breece Pancake
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