The Well and the Mine

The Well and the Mine

Large Print - 2010
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1931. In a small Alabama mining town, nine-year-old Tess Moore watches from the darkness of her back porch as a woman lifts the cover off the family well and tosses a baby in without a word. As Tess tries to unravel the mystery of the woman at the well, a portrait emerges of a family struggling to survive the darkest of times.
Publisher: Leicester : Charnwood, 2010, c2007
Edition: Large print ed.
ISBN: 9781444801613
Branch Call Number: PHILLIP
Characteristics: 311 p. ; 24 cm

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abcDena
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.

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FVReader
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.

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MElaineMilanMerry
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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