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The Well and the Mine by Gin Phillips
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Mar 16, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: book-club-picks, literature-fiction, 2009-reading-journal
Read in April, 2009

Not a book I ordinarily would pick up on my own; this was my April book club selection. The Well and the Mine was a work of Southern literature, based around a family living in a coal mining town. The book opened with a little girl witnessing someone dropping her baby down their well. This act immediately hooked me and made me want to find out who this mystery woman was and why she did it.

The narrative alternated between the perspectives of each of the five family members. The well incident sparked the story, but I felt it was merely a good way to bring the family into focus, for this was a character driven story. I enjoyed looking into the lives of this family and how they dealt with issues of poverty and racism. It made me realize how our own perceptions influence and color our view of the world. I'm glad I read this book and look forward to anything else that Phillips has to offer.

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