The Secret Wisdom of the Earth - Christopher Scotton

In this debut novel, recently named an Editor’s Choice by the New York Times, The Secret Wisdom of the Earth tells the story of fifteen-year-old Kevin during a formative summer at his grandfather’s home in the coal-mining region of Kentucky, as he becomes entangled in the violence that erupts around the mining company’s practice of “mountain-topping”—the blasting of the tops of mountains to more efficiently mine the coal within. The plot humanizes several long-entrenched conflicts within the community, as some fight against the environmental devastation that is immediate and irrevocable, and destroys more than land, while others demand their badly needed subsistence jobs. Written in a lyrical prose with a keen ear for dialogue, vividly drawn (if, at times, gently clichéd) characters, almost rhapsodic descriptions of nature, and encompassing historical material within romance and adventure, the book avoids polemic, exploring the best and worst in human nature, finding instead respect and insight as redemptive forces.

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ISBN: 9781455551927
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - January 6th, 2015

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ISBN: 9781455551910
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - January 5th, 2016