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The Secret Wisdom of the Earth
The Secret Wisdom of the Earth
Author: Chris Scotton
After witnessing the death of his younger brother in a terrible home accident, 14-year-old Kevin and his grieving mother are sent for the summer to live with Kevin's grandfather. In this peeled-paint coal town deep in Appalachia, Kevin quickly falls in with a half-wild hollow kid named Buzzy Fink who schools him in the mysteries and magnificence...  more »
ISBN-13: 9781455551927
ISBN-10: 1455551929
Publication Date: 1/6/2015
Pages: 480
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Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio CD
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This multi-layered debut novel is set deep in the Appalachian Mountains when a grieving woman and her adolescent son return to her childhood home. They are suffering an inconsolable loss and return in the hope that time and the compassionate wisdom of their family, particularly Pops, will provide healing. The Secret Wisdom of the Earth is replete with the politics involved with mining the coal in the mountains and a homophobia that results in violence. Tensions in the community are rampant as we also watch the private dramas unfolding within the family. I found the book to be somewhat tedious in parts and rushed at the end. I am grateful to Goodreads and the Hatchette Book Group for the opportunity to review this book.
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