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The Well and the Mine
by Gin Phillips

Published: 2008-01-21
Paperback : 251 pages
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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 ...
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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.

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  "Great Read!"by shezcarl (see profile) 03/10/15

This book was a quick read, you really wanted to know what happened. The author really captured the activities going on during this point in time, very well. I highly recommend this book.

 
  "The Well and the Mine"by luvsbooks (see profile) 03/03/12

The book club hated this book. Most could not finish because it was so boring and difficult to get interested in enough to finish. Those that did finish said it was a waste of time. Spent a total of 5... (read more)

 
  "good read"by janam (see profile) 09/21/10

 
  "The Well and the Mine"by suemoros (see profile) 08/26/10

This was a very interesting book. Showed how people in another time lived.

 
  "The Well and The Mine"by DebbiJ (see profile) 08/26/10

I enjoyed the book but disappointed in the ending. I wanted more.

 
  "The Well and The Mine"by JLHanson (see profile) 05/15/10

Insightfully written with outstanding descriptive wording. Really made me feel like I was there.

 
  "The Well and the Mine"by skierlady (see profile) 06/13/09

Gin Phillips took me to the coal mines and hard times of Alabama of the 1930's. Tess may live in physical poverty, but not poverty of the heart and mind. Ms. Phillips' story-telling technique of having... (read more)

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