Kyle FaganHistory 304Yonnondio book reportOctober 23, 2013This story follows a poor family called the Holbrooks. In the beginning they live in a mining town where every morning the father, Jim, wakes up to go work in the mine. We also learn that his six year old daughter Mazie wakes up every morning as well because of the mining whistle that blows signaling that the work for the day has started, this whistle if blown during the day signals that one of the workers had been killed while working in the mines. The story shifts over to another mine worker Andy Kvaternick and we learn about how his life is frustration from not being able to advance in society and danger from having to work the mines. This shift in the story probably occurs because Tillie Olsen had written this book when she was younger but due to having a child and other life issues she had to put off finishing the book. When she was a lot older she found all of her old writings and pieced them together the best that she could, and she didn’t want to write anything to tie the pieces together because she felt that she would ruin what she had worked so hard to achieve. When we get back to hearing about the Holbrooks we hear about how Jim is an alcoholic who beats his wife, Anna, and children. If that wasn’t bad enough for Mazie and her siblings they are also beaten by their mother.