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Sky of Stone

(2001)
A Memoir
A non fiction book by

 
 
Homer Hickam won the praise of critics and the devotion of readers with his first two memoirs set in the hardscrabble mining town of Coalwood, West Virginia. The New York Times crowned his first book, the #1 national bestseller October Sky, “an eloquent evocation ... a thoroughly charming memoir.” And People called The Coalwood Way, Hickam’s follow-up to October Sky, “a heartwarmer ... truly beautiful and haunting.”

Now Homer Hickam continues his extraordinary story with Sky of Stone, dazzling us with exquisite storytelling as he takes us back to that remarkable small town we first came to know and love in October Sky.

In the summer of ‘61, Homer “Sonny” Hickam, a year of college behind him, was dreaming of sandy beaches and rocket ships. But before Sonny could reach the seaside fixer-upper where his mother was spending the summer, a telephone call sends him back to the place he thought he had escaped, the gritty coal-mining town of Coalwood, West Virginia. There, Sonny’s father, the mine’s superintendent, has been accused of negligence in a man’s death — and the townspeople are in conflict over the future of the town.

Sonny’s mother, Elsie, has commanded her son to spend the summer in Coalwood to support his father. But within hours, Sonny realizes two things: His father, always cool and distant with his second son, doesn’t want him there ... and his parents’ marriage has begun to unravel. For Sonny, so begins a summer of discovery — of love, betrayal, and most of all, of a brooding mystery that threatens to destroy his father and his town.

Cut off from his college funds by his father, Sonny finds himself doing the unimaginable: taking a job as a “track-laying man,” the toughest in the mine. Moving out to live among the miners, Sonny is soon dazzled by a beautiful older woman who wants to be the mine’s first female engineer.

And as the days of summer grow shorter, Sonny finds himself changing in surprising ways, taking the first real steps toward adulthood. But it’s a journey he can make only by peering into the mysterious heart of Coalwood itself, and most of all, by unraveling the story of a man’s death and a father’s secret.

In Sky of Stone, Homer Hickam looks down the corridors of his past with love, humor, and forgiveness, brilliantly evoking a close-knit community where everyone knows everything about each other’s lives — except the things that matter most. Sky of Stone is a memoir that reads like a novel, mesmerizing us with rich language, narrative drive, and sheer storytelling genius.


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Hardback Editions

September 2008 : USA Library Binding

Title: Sky of Stone
Author(s): Homer H Hickam
ISBN: 1-4395-4894-3 / 978-1-4395-4894-3 (USA edition)
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August 2001 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Sky of Stone
Author(s): Homer Hickam
ISBN: 0-613-51893-4 / 978-0-613-51893-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Turtleback Books: A Division of Sanval
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October 2001 : USA Hardback
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Title: Sky of Stone (Random House Large Print)
Author(s): Homer Hickam
ISBN: 0-375-43135-7 / 978-0-375-43135-7 (USA edition)
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October 2001 : USA Hardback
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Title: Sky of Stone: A Memoir
Author(s): Homer Hickam
ISBN: 0-385-33522-9 / 978-0-385-33522-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Delacorte Press
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Paperback Editions

October 2002 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Sky of Stone: A Memoir (Coalwood)
Author(s): Homer Hickam
ISBN: 0-440-24092-1 / 978-0-440-24092-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dell
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October 2002 : USA Paperback
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Title: Sky of Stone
Author(s): Homer H Hickam
ISBN: 0-440-33447-0 / 978-0-440-33447-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dell Pub Co
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Audio Editions

August 2015 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Sky of Stone: A Memoir
Author(s): Homer Hickam
ISBN: 1-5012-8872-5 / 978-1-5012-8872-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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October 2008 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Sky of Stone: A Memoir
Author(s): Homer Hickam
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October 2008 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Sky of Stone: A Memoir
Author(s): Homer Hickam
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June 2004 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Sky of Stone: A Memoir
Author(s): Homer Hickam
ISBN: 1-59335-182-8 / 978-1-59335-182-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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June 2004 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Sky of Stone: A Memoir
Author(s): Homer Hickam
ISBN: 1-59335-529-7 / 978-1-59335-529-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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October 2002 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Sky of Stone: A Memoir
Author(s): Homer H Hickam
ISBN: 1-58788-887-4 / 978-1-58788-887-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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October 2001 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Sky of Stone
Author(s): Homer H Hickam
ISBN: 1-58788-885-8 / 978-1-58788-885-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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October 2001 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Sky of Stone
Author(s): Homer Hickam
ISBN: 1-58788-884-X / 978-1-58788-884-7 (USA edition)
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October 2001 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: SKY OF STONE (4 CASS.)
Author(s): Homer Hickam, Dick Hill
ISBN: 1-58788-886-6 / 978-1-58788-886-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: BRILLIANCE AUDIO
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Kindle Editions

October 2002 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Sky of Stone (Coalwood Book 3)
Author(s): Homer Hickam
Publisher: Dell
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