The Well and the Mine

By Gin Phillips; Fannie Flagg (Introduction by)
(Riverhead Books, Paperback, 9781594484490, 290pp.)

Publication Date: April 8, 2009

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Fall '09/Winter '10 Reading Group List
“Young Tess Moore watches as someone throws a baby into a well. This starts a remarkable adventure through 1930s Alabama, in which two girls try to find out whose baby died and the Moore family just tries to survive. This has been our favorite this year and elicited a great discussion on class, race, and family.”
-- Mary McHale, Fox Tale Books, New Durham, NH


Description
A novel of warmth and true feeling, "The Well and the Mine" explores the value of community, charity, family, and hope that we can give each other during a time of hardship.
In a small Alabama coal-mining town during the summer of 1931, nine-year-old Tess Moore sits on her back porch and watches a woman toss a baby into her family's well without a word. This shocking act of violence sets in motion a chain of events that forces Tess and her older sister Virgie to look beyond their own door and learn the value of kindness and lending a helping hand. As Tess and Virgie try to solve the mystery of the well, an accident puts their seven-year-old brother's life in danger, forcing the Moore family to come to a new understanding of the power of love and compassion.
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About the Author
Gin Phillips is the author of "The Well and the Mine", winner of the 2009 Barnes and Noble Discover Prize in Fiction, and Come In and Cover Me. Sherecently wrote her debut children s book, The Hidden Summer. She lives in Birmingham, Alabama, with her husband, children, and dog.

FANNIE FLAGG's writing career began behind the scenes of television's "Candid Camera" and progressed to out-in-front as performer-writer. Her acting achievements led to roles in motion pictures including "Five Easy Pieces," with Jack Nicholson; "Stay Hungry," with Jeff Bridges and Sally Field; and, most recently, "Crazy in Alabama," with Melanie Griffith. For the theater in New York she did "Patio Porch "and "Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean," and played the lead role in the Broadway musical "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas,"
Her first novel, "Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man," was on the "New York Times "bestseller list for ten weeks. Her second, "Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe," praised by Harper Lee and Eudora Welty, was on the "Times" list for thirty-six weeks. It was made into the memorable hit movie "Fried Green Tomatoes," starring Jessica Tandy and Kathy Bates. The screenplay, also written by Flagg, earned her the coveted Scripters Award and was nominated for an Academy Award and the Writers Guild of America Screen Award. Her reading of the Random House audiobook received a Grammy nomination.
That book gave way to an even bigger hardcover success for "Welcome to the World, Baby Girl!, "a "New York Times "Notable Book of the Year, which "The Christian Science Monitor "called "captivating . . . a comic novel to open with open arms." Flagg lives in California and in Alabama.


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CONVERSATION STARTERS

  1. Virgie recollects, "Papa said it was an abomination what that woman did. That God would judge her" (p. 25). However, she refrains from judging and imagines the circumstances that might have driven the Well Woman to the deed. Where does Virgie's compassion stem from?

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