Thursday, August 13, 2009

Book Review

Title: The Well and The Mine
By: Gin Phillips
Pages: 251

Book Description:
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.

My Thoughts: I'm all for a story set "back in the day," which is why I picked this book up. I liked it, but I didn't love it. Let's just say, it is a book I would pass along - but not a book I would tell anyone to go out an buy brand spankin' new. The book lacked a lot of the drama and suspense of "who done it" that I was hoping for. I also feel like the ending kind of fell flat and the ending chapters could have been arranged better.

The one thing this book did do that I liked, was the multiple character view point. I don't know the term for it, if there is one - but as you read you get a snippet for each character of the book. In this case, each member of the family. I've read books like this before and for some reason I seem to like it.

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  1. I know its odd but I love to read book reviews...probably more than I like to read the actual book.

    Well I like to read the book but just never do finish them. I like turning the pages best...

    The book MUST be intense, suspenseful and on the edge of your seat type or else I can not turn the pages without falling asleep.


    have you read it? if not, you should give it a try!!! You WILL NOT be disappointed.

    The sequel to it however is not worth reading...its boring.

  2. Here's where you can find a description and review on the book...BRUCHKO

  3. Why did you not rate this book? Anyway, I like your simple method of reviewing books. Nice Job!

  4. I probable overlooed it. Sorry Jason. Probably a 3.5 out of 5 ;-)