The Well and the Mine

The Well and the Mine

A Novel

Book - 2007
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In 1931 Carbon Hill, a small Alabama coal-mining town, nine-year-old Tess Moore watches a woman shove the cover off the family well and toss in a baby without a word. For the Moore family, focused on helping anyone in need during the Great Depression, the apparent murder forces them to face the darker side of their community and question the motivations of family and friends. Backbreaking work keeps most of the townspeople busy from dawn to dusk, and racial tensions abound. For parents, it's a time when a better life for the children means sacrificing health, time, and every penny that can be saved. For a miner, returning home after work is a possibility, not a certainty. However, next to daily thoughts of death, exhausting work, and race are the lingering pleasures of sweet tea, feather beds, and lightning bugs yet to be caught.
Publisher: Portland, Or. : Hawthorne Books & Literary Arts, 2007.
ISBN: 9780976631170
Characteristics: 251 p. ;,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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