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The Well and the Mine

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ISBN13: 9781594484490
ISBN10: 159448449x
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Staff Pick

Set in Depression-era, small-town Alabama, this novel opens with a baby being tossed into a well. Don't let the gruesome beginning stop you from savoring this compelling, beautifully written book; the beginning really does have an important purpose. This poignant, slice-of-life tale is really about poverty, racial tensions, labor conditions, and the ties of family. Gin Phillips has an excellent ear for dialect and an absolutely tactile feel for setting.
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A novel of warmth and true feeling, The Well and the Mine explores the value of community, charity, family, and hope that we can give each other during a time of hardship.

In a small Alabama coal-mining town during the summer of 1931, nine-year-old Tess Moore sits on her back porch and watches a woman toss a baby into her family’s well without a word. This shocking act of violence sets in motion a chain of events that forces Tess and her older sister Virgie to look beyond their own door and learn the value of kindness and lending a helping hand. As Tess and Virgie try to solve the mystery of the well, an accident puts their seven-year-old brother’s life in danger, forcing the Moore family to come to a new understanding of the power of love and compassion.

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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.

Synopsis:

When Ren was twelve years old, she lost her older brother to a car accident. For twenty-five years he’s been a presence in her life, appearing with a song or a reflection in the moonlight. Her connection to the ghosts around her has made her especially sensitive as an archaeologist, understanding the bare outline of our ancestors, recreating lives and stories, and breathing life into those who occupied this world long before us. On the cusp of the most important find of her career, it is the ghosts who are guiding her way. But what they have to tell Ren about herself, and her developing relationship with the first man to really know her since her brother’s death, is unexpected—a discovery about the relationship between the past and the future, and the importance of living in the moment.

About the Author

Gin Phillips lives in Birmingham, Alabama. The Well and the Mine is her first novel.

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Book2, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by Book2)
Loved the book and the writing style. The book grabs you at the beginning with a horrific death that has you wanting to read
more. I didn't want to put the book down and in the end it makes you feel good about people.
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McGuffy Ann, June 25, 2011 (view all comments by McGuffy Ann)
By Gin Phillips

Reading this beautiful book takes you back in time to a special place and its people. We see and experience 1931 Alabama through the eyes and voices of a coal mining family. Each voice tells of their hardships, as they see and feel them. They speak of their own lives while reflecting on others. They are guided by deep morals and values. Through them we are given an impression of the coal mining industry. We see the effect on those who actually work the mines and their families.

One warm night, nine year old Tess witnesses a woman tossing a baby into her family’s well. Haunted by it, with the aid of her older sister, she sets out to solve the mystery surrounding such a horrific act. As the summer heats up, the community is also drawn into the mystery of the well.

Gin Phillips created a heartfelt story with characters authentic to the period and place. Her book gives an understanding and respect for these people, who represent an integral part of American history.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781594484490
Author:
Phillips, Gin
Publisher:
Riverhead Books
Introduction by:
Flagg, Fannie
Introduction:
Flagg, Fannie
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Alabama
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20090431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.00x5.30x.76 in. .51 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 304 pages Riverhead Books - English 9781594484490 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Set in Depression-era, small-town Alabama, this novel opens with a baby being tossed into a well. Don't let the gruesome beginning stop you from savoring this compelling, beautifully written book; the beginning really does have an important purpose. This poignant, slice-of-life tale is really about poverty, racial tensions, labor conditions, and the ties of family. Gin Phillips has an excellent ear for dialect and an absolutely tactile feel for setting.

"Synopsis" by , 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.
"Synopsis" by ,
When Ren was twelve years old, she lost her older brother to a car accident. For twenty-five years he’s been a presence in her life, appearing with a song or a reflection in the moonlight. Her connection to the ghosts around her has made her especially sensitive as an archaeologist, understanding the bare outline of our ancestors, recreating lives and stories, and breathing life into those who occupied this world long before us. On the cusp of the most important find of her career, it is the ghosts who are guiding her way. But what they have to tell Ren about herself, and her developing relationship with the first man to really know her since her brother’s death, is unexpected—a discovery about the relationship between the past and the future, and the importance of living in the moment.
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