The Burying Man co-author, Janene E. Nielsen, will address Friends of the Middlesboro Library at 7 p.m. on Oct. 22. Nielsen teamed up with her father, the late Bell County native and award-winning storyteller Cleudis Robbins, to pen a truly American story set in the Cumberlands.
Bringing to life the forgotten land and lore of old Appalachia, Robbins drew on his firsthand experience growing up in the impoverished 1930s coal mining camps of southeastern Kentucky to spin a tale filled with unforgettable characters, romance, mystery, and suspense. Robbins called the work his “love song to Appalachia.”
The Burying Man is a compelling, fictional account of Mournful Grace, a coal miner and funeralizing preacher during the 1930s, when the Great Depression and the Bloody Harlan County Coal Wars shook southeastern Kentucky.
A difficult book to categorize, The Burying Man nestles comfortably into historical fiction but could also be at home with ghost, romance, mystery and war stories. Reader reviews frequently reference To Kill a Mockingbird and Cold Mountain as comparable in style.