St. Martin's Griffin
On Sale: August 25, 2015
Featuring: Brigid Howley
Paperback / e-Book (reprint)
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Literature and Fiction
Winner of the John Gardner Fiction Book Award!
We walk on fire or air, so Daddy liked to say.
floors too hot to touch. Steaming green lawns in the dead
winter. Sinkholes, quick and sudden, plunging open at
The underground mine fires ravaging Pennsylvania coal
country have forced eleven-year-old Brigid Howley and her
family to seek refuge with her estranged grandparents,
formidable Gram and the black lung stricken Gramp.
is no stranger to the Howleys, a proud Irish-American
who takes strange pleasure in the "curse" laid upon them
generations earlier by a priest who ran afoul of the
Maguires. The weight of this legacy rests heavily on a
generation, when Brigid, already struggling to keep her
family together, makes a grisly discovery in a
long-abandoned bootleg mine shaft. In the aftermath,
decades-old secrets threaten to prove just as dangerous
the Howleys as the burning, hollow ground beneath their
Inspired by real-life events in Centralia and Carbondale,
where devastating coal mine fires irrevocably changed the
lives of residents, THE HOLLOW GROUND is an extraordinary
debut with an atmospheric, voice-driven narrative and an
indelible sense of place. Lovers of literary fiction will
find in Harnett's young, determined protagonist a
as heartbreakingly captivating as any in contemporary
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