Brothers Joe and Larry Collier had a happy farm childhood, surrounded by the natural beauty of the West Virginia mountains. Thrown into a challenging series of events after the death of their father, the young siblings eventually make a new life for themselves by joining the ranks of the region’s thriving coal industry.
But as the Collier brothers arrive at the mines, so does the union movement, armed with demands for fair pay and safe working conditions, sparking a growing desire for change—with unexpected and often destructive results.
Bluestone is a historical tale about the endurance of the human spirit and the indestructible bond between brothers. The novel was written by the late Carl J. Vipperman, a UGA alumnus and professor emeritus of history.