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This review is from: The Well and the Mine (Paperback)A debut novel and a very satisfying read.
The story starts with Tess, the youngest girl in the family witnessing a terrible thing. A woman throws a tiny baby into the well in her family's yard. Although the story centres around this mystery - who did it and why the novel is really not plot driven. It is a story of a small American town in the depression - a town that depends upon the coal-mine to keep it going.
Completely character driven, this is a wonderful little book and reminded me of time of To Kill A Mockingbird in that the main male character; Albert, is a hard-working family man with sound morals that he and his wife Leta pass on to their children, and the female child lead is something of a tom-boy. The people in the town work hard to keep their community together, but as expected in a novel about 1930s southern American there is the underlying notion of racism and despair.
A very touching novel that is narrated in the first person by the individual family members that starts with a terrible act and although the mystery is solved, it isnt really that important to the reader by the end.
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Initial post: 19 Mar 2010 21:17:50 GMT
littlepig littlepig says:
Good review - like you I felt that the "who dunnit", by the end of the book, wasn't important ... I was more concerned with the family!
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