A coal miner's bride: the diary of anetka kaminska, by susan bartelotti follows the travels of young anetka as she leaves her best friend and grandmother for a new life in america upon her arrival anetka learns she will be married to a widowed coal miner and assume the role of mother for his daughters.
Critical book review: a coal miners bride the diary of anetka kaminska susan campbell bartoletti is the author of picture books, novels, and nonfiction for children, including newbery honor book hitler youth: growing up in hitler’s shadow, the sibert medal-winning black potatoes, and dear america: a coal miners bride - critical book review: a coal miners bride the diary of anetka kaminska introduction. A coal miner’s bride: the diary of anetka kaminska, lattimer, pennsylvania, 1896 this is a book near and dear to my own heart as a polish girl, and it’s one of the few da novels with an older protagonist and a love story that isn’t a complete horrorshow.
Summary: a diary account of thirteen-year-old anetka's life in poland in 1896, immigration to america, marriage to a coal miner, widowhood, and happiness in finally finding her true love. A coal miner's bride is an absolutely beautiful, yet dark glimpse into the life of a late 19th century mail-order bride this book touches down on many subjects that would later come under heavy fire by both the leftist and the right-wingers: harsh mining and factory conditions, immigration, socialism, unionism, child-labor, arranged marriage, and the right to protest.
Bartoletti’s novel, dear america: a coal miners bride features a young polish immigrant by the name of anetka kaminsk the strong headed thirteen year old was raised in sadowka, poland with her stubborn young brother, jozef, and her similarly strong headed grandmother, whom is referred to as babcia.