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“Hadiyah pulls her life together in a Bellingham shipyard using a welding rod and a tough as nails attitude…No one has even come close to the depth and detail of the sixties that Carlyle reaches.” ~Jack Remick, The Deification and Blood


About the Book:

Torch in the Dark tells the moving story of how Hadiyah Joan Carlyle, a single mother haunted by memories of her own traumatic childhood, pioneered as one of the first women since World War II to enter the trades as a union welder. Beginning in a Jewish immigrant neighborhood in New Jersey, the story moves through San Francisco’s colorful Haight-Ashbury in the sixties to arrive at Fairhaven Shipyard in Bellingham, Washington. For Hadiyah, welding become a metaphor for healing from the dark past as well as a path to self-reliance and economic survival.


While providing insightful perspective on the culture of the 1960’s and 1970’s, Torch in the Dark offers profound inspiration for anyone struggling with issues of abuse and oppression.



Publisher: Book Publishers Network; 1st edition (March 20, 2012) 

ISBN-10: 1937454231

ISBN-13: 978-1937454234

Genre: Memoir

Available in Print & eBook


What Readers are Saying:

“Torch in the Dark" tells the author's story through a series of tightly crafted vignettes and flashbacks. As many women of her era, Joan Carlyle was raised without defined ambition or skills, even the domestic ones. Estranged from her parents, she often felt alone and out of place. She entered adulthood not knowing who she was. She drifted and drifted. Her stories remind us how "freedom" isn't always free. Eventually she became an activist, a mother and a welder.” ~Lucky Charlie


“In prose as hot as her welding torch, Hadiyah Carlyle transports the reader to a time early in the women's movement that must never be forgotten. As one of the first female welders in the West Coast shipyards, Carlyle paved the way for women working in the trades today. You will applaud her strength in sharing this powerful story.” ~Arleen Williams, The Thirty-Ninth Victim


Purchase a copy at: Elliott Bay Books, Couth Buzzard Books, Village Books, Amazon, SmashWords, B&N and anywhere indie books are sold online.



About the Author: 

Hadiyah Joan Carlyle grew up in a Jewish immigrant neighborhood in New Jersey, became active in the Civil Right movement of the sixties and migrated to San Francisco’s colorful Haight-Ashbury to be part of the counter-culture there. In the seventies, she was the first and only female shipyard welder in Bellingham, Washington, north of Seattle.


In the eighties, Haiyah returned to the East coast to earn her MSW at Rutgers University. In 2003, she completed the certificate program in Memoir Writing through the University of Washing Extension. She is an active member of Seattle’s thriving community of writers.


Today Hadiyah lives in Seattle’s Queen Anne neighborhood close to her son, Washing State 36th district Legislator Reuven Carlyle, his wife Dr. Wendy Carlyle and their four children. Activist, hiker, devoted grandmother, Hadiyah delights in the wild beauty of the Northwest while remaining connected to her gritty urban East Coast roots.

Though welding is no longer a part of her life, she continues to carry the torch for the empowerment of the oppressed.


Follow Hadiyah Joan Carlyle at

Author Website

Twitter @CarlyleHadiyah


Publisher Website