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Originally published in 1984, Stephen Harrigan's passionate, emotionally intense second novel takes readers deep into the mysterious passageways of a Central Texas aquifer--and of the human heart. This edition includes a new afterword by the author.
Unknown Binding, 286 pages
Published January 1st 1984 by Simon & Schuster
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Riley Gardner
I don't know what to make of this. Harrigan is one of my favorite authors - his prose is beautifully formed. Simplistic yet imaginary, and his strength and utter love of the Texas landscape is rather astounding. I don't think any other author out there can describe the state and the longing for it when you're away, the suffering when you're in it, all while keeping the unique, strange, and violent history in the back of your mind at all times.

That being said, this is certainly a first novel. Hi
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Sibyl
Nov 04, 2010 Sibyl rated it it was ok
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I tried, really tried to like this book. But I just didn't. Not a one of the characters did I care much about. The plot was slow to be revealed, sadness, inability of any of them to get on with their lives, general disinterest in which of them paired up or why. I live near Jacob's Well which is why the book title caught my eye. I collect rocks, love to hike, backpack, explore. Am interested in the art of the curandero/a, all elements in the novel. The writing is literate, descriptive, even ...more
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Jul 20, 2010 Ray Grasshoff rated it liked it
Interesting short novel set in Austin and surrounding areas, and it gets that all very right. Author has good, easy-to-follow style that mostly captures characters well, although it's a bit difficult to understand how two guys who are very interested in the same woman can be willing to spend so much time together with her, and get along so well. Overall, however, it's a bit too sad and depressing, with characters who are rarely very happy.
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Stephen Harrigan was born in Oklahoma City in 1948 and has lived in Texas since the age of five, growing up in Abilene and Corpus Christi.
He is a longtime writer for Texas Monthly, and his articles and essays have appeared in a wide range of other publications as well, including The Atlantic, Outside, The New York Times Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, Audubon, Travel Holiday, Life, American ...more
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