The Well And The Mine

The Well And The Mine

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 04/08/2011
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The Well And The Mine
Memorable, sympathetic and a joy to read!
Times are hard, money is tight, and folks are hungry during the American depression when Tess witnesses a baby being dropped into her family’s well in the ... READ MORE
Deborah Wright

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The gripping debut novel from the author of FIERCE KINGDOM, and a story about the power of the human spirit to give comfort in times of hardship.In 1931 Carbon Hill, a small Alabama coal-mining town, nine-year-old Tess Moore watches from the darkness of her back porch as a strange woman lifts the cover off the family well and tosses a baby in without a word. It is the height of the Depression; while Tess's father, Albert, performs backbreaking and dangerous work at the mine, her mother, Leta, makes do without meat on her table. But the family are luckier than most; the food they can grow on their plot of land has so far saved them from the crippling poverty and near-starvation that besets their neighbours. As Tess tries to unravel the mystery of the woman at the well, a portrait emerges of a family and a community struggling to survive the darkest of times. Resonant, vivid and clear-eyed in its portrayal of both the best and the worst of human nature, The Well and the Mine is a stunning novel about love, hope and the importance of doing the right thing.

  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • ISBN: 9781844087853
  • Number of pages: 288
  • Weight: 230g
  • Dimensions: 130 x 200 x 20 mm

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