The Well and the Mine

The Well and the Mine

A Novel

Book - 2009 | First Riverhead trade paperback edition.
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Witnessing what she believes to be the murder of an infant in a Depression-era Alabama mining town, a nine-year-old girl and her civic-minded family subsequently struggle with the darker side of their racially torn community.
Publisher: Portland, Or. : Hawthorne Books & Literary Arts ; New York : Riverhead Books, 2009.
Edition: First Riverhead trade paperback edition.
Copyright Date: ©2007
ISBN: 9781594484490
Branch Call Number: PHI
Characteristics: ix, 290 pages ;,23 cm


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Sep 29, 2017

The first maybe 80 pages were like a gunshot in slow motion and the writing was tight, the plot and voices unfolding like a dream (or nightmare) underwater...then it went nowhere and now I'm mad I'm describing this piece of work as a dream underwater. It wasn't anything nearly as intriguing.

Nov 13, 2015

I really enjoyed this book. It's quiet in its messages, this family is wonderful to get to know. The last line is perfect and sums up all the themes in this book.
This is a story of a warm, close, hard-working mining family in the 1930s in Southern USA. Times are tough but they hold together as a family and as a part of their community.
I recommend this book highly for the quiet story it tells of a community in hard times. This is a lovely family to get to know, as well.
That said, this story is sweet and the family too perfect, doing too well (compared with their neighbours) for the situation of the town. Their good-fortune seemed excessive in some way, in comparison with the rest of the town.

Jun 05, 2013

Very well-paced book, and written with an easy-to-follow voice. Good character development. Would like to see more from this writer.

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