As he plans his civilian life after his Army hitch, Korean War veteran Harry Burger aspires to escape his family’s row home hard by the imposing steel mill. The obvious choice, returning to his union job, is not for Harry. He wants to join the emerging middle class as a professional.

His younger brother, Tim, enjoys success without seeming to work for it – a mystery to Harry. Hidden behind the ordinary, the routine, an unlikely alliance of partners in crime is providing Tim with plenty of cash: a politically powerful businessman; an enigmatic police chief; a government employee who controls a vast liquor business, and a small-time hoodlum who squeezes a living on the fringes of organized crime.

A sprawling steel mill and the proud town that surrounds it binds the residents together as they make their decisions to get what they want or keep what they have. One neighborhood in that town, the West Side, is a microcosm of Steelton: the strivers, the street-smart, those who have given up, and those who have settled for less. The pace of the everyday, the rise and fall of love affairs, the making of reputations, and the making of steel all take place in Steelton.

As the story unfolds, questions arise: Do their choices matter? How is success defined? What rules are to be followed? In Steelton, it depends…


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“STEELTON… is a tour de force of social observation, keen understanding of the everyman in us, and an almost black-and-white clip of life in the 1950’s, quite relatable to life today”
-Eugene Stevenson, poet and writer.

“In Steelton: A Novel, Keith Warner Hall entrances his readers with his rich sense of place, realism and struggle in a Pennsylvania steel town after the Korean War. Harry Burger has just returned home after a stint in the army and fights to find his new normal. A natural storyteller, Hall captures the rhythms, voice and character of a somewhat forgotten slice of American history through the lens of a young man determined to shed the confines of a life in the steel mill.”
—Alice Osborn, author of Heroes without Capes

“In his new book, Steelton A Novel, Keith Hall brings his West Side heritage alive…a good story, well written…”
— Nancy Eshelman, Columnist, Harrisburg (PA) Patriot-News (March 5, 2017)

Keith Hall