Well and the Mine

By Gin Phillips
(Virago Press (UK), Paperback, 9781844087853)

Publication Date: August 2011

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback, Paperback

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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

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  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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