I saw Eliese Goldbach being interviewed on CBS about her new book. While I currently live in Florida, I was intrigued by the subject matter as I spent most of my adult life in a suburb of Cleveland. Whenever we drove into downtown Cleveland by way of Rt. 77, we would pass the valley where Republic Steel was located and watch the smoke billowing out of its smokestacks below and all the time wondering what that was this all about.
Over the years, yes, I had met individuals that worked in the steel mills either in Cleveland or nearby Lorain. They were a mystery to me as I really did not relate much to their very different lifestyles than mine.
Very occasionally I find a book to read just a few pages and it has me captivated. Ms. Goldbach's narrative was such a book. Her style of writing and substance is superb! I found I could not put it down and found this book perhaps one of the most interesting pieces of literature I have come across in several years. You are taken insides the belly of the steel mils, see what she saw of what it is like to have a job that has risk each and every day to make a living. At the same time, you learn of how a lady with a Masters's degree in English can end up working in a steel mill and of her struggles with religion, politics, relationships and mental health.
I found this intriguing and well written. I give it 5 stars and highly recommend it.