The Well and the Mine

  • by Gin Phillips
  • Narrated by T. J. Kenneally, Margaret Nichols
  • 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In 1931 in 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.


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Customer Reviews

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Uplifting Depression Era Novel

This is a wonderful novel about a very strong family living though very hard times. All the characters are so believable and the reader is transported to another place and time. I look forward to Gin Phillips' next book.
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- Jean Tribble

Great Escape!

I really enjoyed this book.It took me back to my childhood watching The Waltons.Anyone who enjoys that type of family story telling will surely enjoy this book.It is told from the 1st person perspective of 5 family mambers,but mostly from 2 sisters 14 and 9 yrs of age.From the start I was hooked,wanting to know what would happen next.Was sorry when it ended.
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- Lori

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-04-2009
  • Publisher: Random House Audio