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Finder of Forgotten Things
by Thomas

Published: 2021-12-07T00:0
Paperback : 352 pages
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After promising a town he'd find them water and then failing, Sullivan Harris is on the run; but he grows uneasy when one success makes folks ask him to find other things--like missing items or sons. When men are killed digging the Hawks Nest Tunnel, Sully is compelled to help, and it becomes the ...
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After promising a town he'd find them water and then failing, Sullivan Harris is on the run; but he grows uneasy when one success makes folks ask him to find other things--like missing items or sons. When men are killed digging the Hawks Nest Tunnel, Sully is compelled to help, and it becomes the catalyst for finding what even he has forgotten--hope.

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Kline, West Virginia
Late May 1932
Sulley tore a rag into strips and wrapped each coin before tucking it into the bib pocket of his overalls. Wouldn’t do to jingle as he made his way out of Kline after the sun went down. Was it his fault this place hadn’t had a good rain since Noah started rounding up all the animals two by two? It’d take a miracle to find water around here. ... view entire excerpt...

Discussion Questions

1. Were you familiar with water dowsing before reading the book? Not everyone believes dowsing really works—including Sulley. What do you put your faith in that can’t be proven?
2. When Sulley finds water for the Fridleys and wins their praise, it makes him uncomfortable. Why do you think he was uneasy? Have you ever felt uncomfortable being praised? If so, why?
3. Sulley finds a button that Luisa had completely forgotten about. Have you ever found something you’d forgotten? An old photo, a ticket stub, a child’s drawing—what sorts of emotions did that stir for you?
4. Sulley has been a wanderer for a long time. Why do you think he’s drawn to the men who are suffering at Hawks Nest? Why would a man who tries hard to avoid honest work offer to help dig graves?
5. Gainey lives a simple, quiet life. Why do you think she’s suddenly willing to give that up to help the men at Hawks Nest? What would you have done?
6. Jeremiah could have gone back home, gotten married, and settled down to a comfortable life. What do you think drew him to Gainey enough for him to upend his own life?
7. Did Gainey’s confession that she’d had a child before getting married change your opinion of her? In what way?
8. Jeremiah accidentally spills the beans about Gainey having an illegitimate child. Have you ever revealed a secret without meaning to? What were the repercussions?
9. Why do you think Sulley felt compelled to stick around and try to mark those anonymous graves? Do you think it would really matter if those men were named?
10. Had you ever heard about the Hawks Nest tunnel disaster? Why do you think tragedies like this one are so often forgotten? Why is it important for us to remember?

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