New Book Looks at Life in a Coal Mining Town

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Cora L. Hairston announces the release of ‘Faces behind the Dust’

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Hairston hopes that readers will obtain a drive to complete their dreams they have been putting off after reading her book. “If I can do it, so can you,” she says.

After writing songs and poems for years, Cora L. Hairston decided to take a stab at writing a book. “Faces behind the Dust: The Story Told through the Eyes of a Coal Miner’s Daughter (on the Black Side)” (published by iUniverse) is her dream being realized.

The book chronicles the tale of a nosy little African American girl, ClaraBy, and the coal mining community she lives in. Each story allows readers a chance to see what life is like growing up in a coal mining community through the eyes of ClaraBy, family, neighbors and friends. As individuals travel along with ClaraBy, they will be greeted with the challenges and joys of growing up, such as racism, losing a best friend and pregnancy.

An excerpt from “Faces behind the Dust”:

“It was the heart of summer, and I was huffing to greet my daddy, who was coming home from another hard day down in the dark pits of the coal mine. He always saved something from his lunch for us, and no matter how small it was, it was shared between the two of us—my brother Junior and me. Russell was fifteen years old and felt he was too old to act like a kid, so it was just that much more for me and Junior. Junior is ten years old, almost eleven and I am five years old going on six and smart too. We’ve both got birthdays coming up. Our big sis, Evelyn—she was too old to care about silly things like that too—she was in looovve and getting married soon.”

Hairston hopes that readers will obtain a drive to complete their dreams they have been putting off after reading her book. “If I can do it, so can you,” she says.

“Faces behind the Dust: The Story Told through the Eyes of a Coal Miner’s Daughter (on the Black Side)”
By Cora L. Hairston
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 212 pages | ISBN 9781475958294 |
E-Book | 212 pages | ISBN 9781475958300 |
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Cora L. Hairston is retired from Logan General Hospital after 30 years as the radiology co-coordinator. She has written numerous poems and 20 or more gospel songs. Her loves are singing, playing the piano, going to church and preaching life lessons to her grandchildren. Hairston is the past owner/operator of a salon and ladies boutique. She and her husband, Fred, are the proud parents of four children, seven grandchildren, (one deceased) and four great-grandchildren. They reside in Omar, W. V.

iUniverse, an Author Solutions, Inc. self-publishing imprint, is the leading book marketing, editorial services, and supported self-publishing provider. iUniverse has a strategic alliance with Indigo Books & Music, Inc. in Canada, and titles accepted into the iUniverse Rising Star program are featured in a special collection on BarnesandNoble.com. iUniverse recognizes excellence in book publishing through the Star, Reader’s Choice, Rising Star and Editor’s Choice designations—self-publishing’s only such awards program. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, iUniverse also operates offices in Indianapolis. For more information or to publish a book, please visit iuniverse.com or call 1-800-AUTHORS. For the latest, follow @iuniversebooks on Twitter.

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