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One woman's story of working in the backbreaking steel industry to
rebuild her life--but what she uncovers in the mill is much more than
molten metal and grueling working conditions. Under the mill's orange
flame she finds hope for the unity of America.
Steel is the only thing that shines in the belly of the mill...
To ArcelorMittal Steel Eliese is known as #6691: Utility Worker, but
this was never her dream. Fresh out of college, eager to leave behind
her conservative hometown and come to terms with her Christian roots,
Eliese found herself applying for a job at the local steel mill. The
mill is everything she was trying to escape, but it's also her only
shot at financial security in an economically devastated and forgotten
part of America.
In Rust, Eliese Colette Goldbach brings the reader inside the belly of
the mill and the middle American upbringing that brought her there in
the first place. She takes a long and intimate look at her Rust Belt
childhood and struggles to reconcile her desire to leave without
turning her back on the people she's come to love. The people she sees
as the unsung backbone of our nation.
Faced with the financial promise of a steelworker's paycheck, and the
very real danger of working in an environment where a steel coil could
crush you at any moment or a vat of molten iron could explode because
of a single drop of water, Eliese finds unexpected warmth and
camaraderie among the gruff men she labors beside each day.
Appealing to readers of Hillbilly Elegy and Educated, Rust is a story
of the humanity Eliese discovers in the most unlikely and hellish of
places, and the hope that therefore begins to grow.