Annie Charbonneau wants to escape from the small coal mining village in Western Maryland where her family lives. But in 1894 she is thrust into a personal battle fighting the ruthless coal company preying on vulnerable women in her town. Annie is afraid of endangering her own family, but she can no longer sit still and allow the coal company to continue its injustices. Set against the true 1894 Western Maryland Coal Strike, Last Curtain Call will draw the reader into a segment of history not known by many outsiders.
Born in New York City, and raised in northern New Jersey, Linda Sittig’s love of history and a commitment to family and literacy led her to a three decade career in Fairfax County Schools. On the side, she began writing articles, newspaper columns, and books on how to instill the love of reading in children of all ages. Selected as the Greater Washington Reading Council’s Teacher of the Year in 1982, she was then chosen as Teacher of the Year by the Virginia State Reading Association in 1983 and the International Reading Association in 1994. After retiring, she combined her passion for history, stories, and women of extraordinary achievement, by writing full time and blogging at www.strongwomeninhistory.wordpress.com. Twice recognized by the Virginia Press Association, Sittig’s articles have appeared in The Washington Post, the Loudoun Times-Mirror, and the Reston Connection, as well as in numerous professional journals and short story anthologies.