The Underworld

The Underworld

eBook - 2017
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For readers of Russell Banks and Richard Ford, a novel about loss, love, and redemption following a catastrophe in a small mining town.

In The Underworld, Kevin Canty tells a story inspired by the facts of a disastrous fire that took place in an isolated silver mining town in Idaho in the 1970s, in which almost everyone in town lost a friend, a lover, a brother, or a husband. The Underworld imagines the fates of a handful of fictional survivors and their loved ones—Jordan, a young widow with twin children; David, a college student trying to make a life for himself in another town; Lionel, a lifelong hard-rock miner—as they struggle to come to terms with the loss. It’s a tough, hard-working, hard-drinking town, a town of whores and priests and bar fights, but nobody’s tough enough to get through this undamaged. A powerful and unforgettable tale about small-town lives and the healing power of love in the midst of suffering.

Baker & Taylor
A tale inspired by true events from an isolated Iowa mining town in the 1970s traces the experiences of a handful of survivors after a disastrous fire and how they struggled to endure wrenching losses while rebuilding and pursuing dreams rendered harder by the tragedy.

Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc.,, 2017
ISBN: 9780393293067
0393293068
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Baker & Taylor Axis 360
Alternative Title: Axis 360 eBooks

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Apr 25, 2017

Canty can see deeply into a coal mining, working class town and his writing reflects this. Despite the insight I found it rather depressing to read. Reading "Deep Down Dark" spoiled it for me. I ended up skimming the last part.

JCLGreggW Feb 15, 2017

Deep, lyrical, and as beautifully stark as the Montana landscape he writes about, Canty's novel about a mining disaster (based on a real event in the 1970s) and the three lives it affects in a small, rural town is enthralling.

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