A debut novel about a fourteen-year-old boy who
witnesses the death of his younger brother in a horrific accident, for readers
of To Kill a Mockingbird, Peace like a
River, and Cold Sassy Tree
After witnessing the death of his younger brother in
a terrible home accident, fourteen-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 of the woods. The
events of this fateful summer will affect the entire town of Medgar, Kentucky.
Medgar is beset by a massive mountaintop removal
operation that is blowing up the hills and backfilling the hollows. Kevin’s
grandfather and others in town attempt to rally the citizens against the company and its powerful owner to stop the plunder of their mountain heritage. When
Buzzy witnesses the brutal murder of the opposition leader, a sequence is set
in play which tests Buzzy and Kevin to their absolute limits in an epic
struggle for survival in the Kentucky mountains.
Redemptive and emotionally resonant, The Secret Wisdom of the Earth is
narrated by an adult Kevin looking back on the summer when he sloughed the
coverings of a boy and took his first faltering steps as a man among a rich
cast of characters and an ambitious effort to reclaim a once great community. Download and start listening now!