The Price of Copper
Linda Buxbaum, author
This compelling story about love, hope, and sacrifice begins in 1909 with Nellie O'Rourke, a young Irish-American woman whose faith and enduring belief in the good side of human nature carry her through her difficult coming-of-age years. Her stubborn adherence to her own values and ambitions compel her to become a suffragette and a college graduate. Along her journey, she becomes the savior of a young prostitute, a stand-in midwife, and a wife of an underground, hard rock miner, something she vowed never to be since she lost her own father at the age of seven. When the United States enters World War I in 1917, Montana miners are called upon to provide as much copper ore as they can produce. The danger in the mines thousands of feet below the surface heightens as the men work around the clock. On a June night when a fire breaks out In the Granite Mountain mine shaft and spreads throughout the mine and its sister mine, the Speculator, Quinn, Nellie's husband, is one of the missing miners feared dead. Nellie, about to deliver their first child, must call upon all her strength, faith, and hope as she waits the long hours to hear the fate of her beloved. Based on an extraordinary true story, The Price of Copper is meticulously researched and beautifully rendered--a powerful testament to the strength of the human spirit.