Benwood Is Setting for Author Deanna Edens’ Latest Book

Deanna Edens, a native West Virginian who writes stories about West Virginia history, has recently released a book called “Appalachian Tales.” This book describes the Benwood Mine Disaster along with the disappearance of the Sodder children.

“Appalachian Tales” describes the life of Nadia. Orphaned as a teen, Nadia grows up in the small town of Benwood, West Virginia. Struggling to make a life for herself and her younger brother she is determined to forge her own way. When a mining disaster tragically strikes her hometown, her life, and heart, is changed forever.

“Appalachian Tales” is a charming and engaging tale, filled with amusing yarns about marriage, illustrations of courage and an unsolved mystery. It’s the story of two women who meet in 1982, elderly Nadia telling her stories to Dee, a young college student living in Charleston, West Virginia. The tales she tells encompasses tragic events, such as the Benwood Mine Disaster, bigotry, and the disappearance of the Sodder children.

It is also a portrait of a life that was packed full of history, love, heartbreak, acts of kindness, bravery, joy and strange events that spans across decades. You will find yourself wishing to call on the fine folks of the Appalachians, grab a frosty glass of sweet tea, settle into a rocking chair, and discover why West Virginia is wild and yet splendidly wonderful.

All proceeds from Edens’ book sales are donated to the local humane society. Edens has written several “Best Sellers in Southern U.S. History” including Angels of the Appalachians, Jinx at the Greenbrier, and Molly’s Memoir, along with other tales about West Virginia.

It is available to download on Kindle and is available in a paperback version on


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