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The Well and the Mine: A Novel

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In 1931 Carbon Hill, Alabama, a small 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, centered on helping anyone in need during the Great Depression, the apparent murder forces them to face the darker side of their community and understand the motivations of their family and their friends. Most townspeople have no money for a newspaper and backbreaking work keeps them busy from dawn until well after dusk. For parents, it is a time when a better life for your children — one that involves clean fingernails and a desk — likely means sacrificing health, time, and every penny that can be saved. For a miner, the thought that you might not make it home from work is as much a part of the morning as a cup of coffee. But next to those daily thoughts of death and hard work are the lingering pleasures of sweet tea, feather beds, and lightning bugs yet to be caught.

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"A tight-knit miner's family struggles against poverty and racism in Phillips's evocative first novel, set in Depression-era Alabama. Throughout, she moves skillfully between the points of view of miner father Albert, hard-working mother Leta, young daughter Tess and teenage daughter Virgie, and small son Jack. They see men who are frequently incapacitated or killed by accidents in the local mines; neighbors live off what they can grow on their patch of land; and blacks like Albert's fellow miner and friend Jonah are segregated in another part of Carbon Hill — and often hauled off to jail arbitrarily. When Tess witnesses a woman throwing a baby into their well, no one believes her until the dead child is found, and few are shocked. Tess, hounded by nightmares, and Virgie, on the cusp of womanhood and resistant to the thought of an early marriage to the local boys who court her, begin making inquiries of their own, visiting wives who've recently had babies and learning way more than they imagined. With a wisp of suspense, Phillips fully enters the lives of her honorable characters and brings them vibrantly to the page." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"When you close the book, you'll miss these characters. But The Well and the Mine doesn't just give you characters who'll stay with you — it gives you a whole world." Fannie Flagg, author of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe and Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man

Review:

"If you've been waiting for a new voice to rise from the South, here it is. Gin Phillips is the real thing. Her novel, The Well and the Mine, is a stunning triumph: haunting, lyrical, a portrait of the southern family, a story of the human predicament." Vicki Covington, author of Gathering Home and The Last Hotel for Women

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"The Well and the Mine weaves the multiple voices of a Depression-era family into a tale that's both tragic and affirming. Gin Phillips evokes the coal-mining country of rural Alabama — its poverty, racial tensions, and labor loyalties — with startling vividness. Like a Gee's Bend quilter, Phillips stitches tradition, color, and necessity into every sentence of this superb first novel." Peter Donahue, author of Madison House,winner of the Langum Prize for Historical Fiction

About the Author

Gin Phillips is a freelance writer whose features have appeared in American Profile, American Spirit, Platinum, and Woman's World. She lives in Birmingham, Alabama. The Well and the Mine is her first novel.

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joellie, April 3, 2013 (view all comments by joellie)
I wasn't sure I'd like this book, but I was wrong. The characters are warm and engaging, the story is sweet, but real. It's not a mystery as the jacket may lead you to believe; rather, it's a story of family and community. I look forward to more books by this new author.
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Marcus, May 8, 2009 (view all comments by Marcus)
This lovely story of ordinary people, doing ordinary things, in extraordinary times is a beautiful example of southern life where poverty is common yet never an excuse. People work hard, they take care of each other, and they find joy in simple things. This book captures the dialect of the South and the reader feels the cold, wet darkness of the mine as well as the sunny fields essential to the family's life. I loved it!
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Adam Rodriguez, February 13, 2008 (view all comments by Adam Rodriguez)
It's no wonder this book is getting huge buzz--it's a fantastic read that would appeal to anyone who loves Southern literature from the work of Fannie Flagg to Flannery O'Connor's; from Anne Rivers Siddon's books to William Faulkner novels. Really, this book appeals to anyone who loves a good story, rendered well. Phillips writing is somehow simultaneously fluid and hard-edged, and she knows her characters well enough to make their lives feel real to readers. This is one of the best books I've read in 2008. Highly recommended.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780976631170
Author:
Phillips, Gin
Publisher:
Hawthorne Books
Introduction by:
Flagg, Fannie
Introduction:
Flagg, Fannie
Author:
Phillips, Ginny
Author:
Flagg, Fannie
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Cities and towns
Subject:
Depressions
Subject:
Alabama
Subject:
Coal mines and mining
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20080121
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
251
Dimensions:
9 x 5.5 in 12.5 oz

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "A tight-knit miner's family struggles against poverty and racism in Phillips's evocative first novel, set in Depression-era Alabama. Throughout, she moves skillfully between the points of view of miner father Albert, hard-working mother Leta, young daughter Tess and teenage daughter Virgie, and small son Jack. They see men who are frequently incapacitated or killed by accidents in the local mines; neighbors live off what they can grow on their patch of land; and blacks like Albert's fellow miner and friend Jonah are segregated in another part of Carbon Hill — and often hauled off to jail arbitrarily. When Tess witnesses a woman throwing a baby into their well, no one believes her until the dead child is found, and few are shocked. Tess, hounded by nightmares, and Virgie, on the cusp of womanhood and resistant to the thought of an early marriage to the local boys who court her, begin making inquiries of their own, visiting wives who've recently had babies and learning way more than they imagined. With a wisp of suspense, Phillips fully enters the lives of her honorable characters and brings them vibrantly to the page." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "When you close the book, you'll miss these characters. But The Well and the Mine doesn't just give you characters who'll stay with you — it gives you a whole world." Fannie Flagg, author of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe and Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man
"Review" by , "If you've been waiting for a new voice to rise from the South, here it is. Gin Phillips is the real thing. Her novel, The Well and the Mine, is a stunning triumph: haunting, lyrical, a portrait of the southern family, a story of the human predicament."
"Review" by , "The Well and the Mine weaves the multiple voices of a Depression-era family into a tale that's both tragic and affirming. Gin Phillips evokes the coal-mining country of rural Alabama — its poverty, racial tensions, and labor loyalties — with startling vividness. Like a Gee's Bend quilter, Phillips stitches tradition, color, and necessity into every sentence of this superb first novel."
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