Today I have an #AudioMonth giveaway courtesy of my friends at Audible. The Hollow Ground is Natalie S. Harnett’s debut and it came out about a year ago. It’s a 1960s era coming-of-age set in the Pennsylvania coal country about love, family, secrets, and survival. I don’t know a lot about the coalmine fires that inspired this book and I think the subject is really fascinating, and I bet this is a powerful read.
More about The Hollow Ground:
“We walk on fire or air, so Daddy liked to say. Basement floors too hot to touch. Steaming green lawns in the dead of winter. Sinkholes, quick and sudden, plunging open at your feet.”
The underground mine fires ravaging Pennsylvania coal country have forced 11-year-old Brigid Howley and her family to seek refuge with her estranged grandparents, the formidable Gram and the black lung-stricken Gramp. Tragedy is no stranger to the Howleys, a proud Irish-American clan who takes strange pleasure in the “curse” laid upon them generations earlier by a priest who ran afoul of the Molly Maguires. The weight of this legacy rests heavily on a new 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 to the Howleys as the burning, hollow ground beneath their feet.
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 character as heartbreakingly captivating as Scout Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird.
Luci Christian performs the 10.5-hour audiobook. Check out a sample:
I have one audiobook to offer one lucky listener, courtesy of Audible. The giveaway is open to US entrants age 18 and up and I’ll select a winner one week from today. Good luck!
Giveaway question: What is your favorite historical fiction or coming-of-age audiobook? Or, what appeals to you about The Hollow Ground?