The Underworld: A Novel

By Kevin Canty
Read by Paul Michael Garcia

7.45 Hours 03/07/2017 unabridged
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Kevin Canty tells a story based on a real incident that begins with a disastrous fire in an isolated silver-mining town in Idaho in the 1970s. Everyone in town had a friend, lover, brother, or a husband killed in the mine. The Underworld traces the lives of the handful of survivors and their loved ones—a young widow with twin children, a college student trying to make a life for himself in another town, a lifelong hard-rock miner—as they struggle to come to terms with the loss. It’s a tough, hardworking, hard-drinking town, a town of prostitutes and priests and bar fights, but nobody is tough enough to get through this undamaged. This is a powerful and unforgettable tale about small-town lives and the healing power of love in the midst of suffering.

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Summary

Summary

New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

AudioFile Earphones Award

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

Kevin Canty tells a story based on a real incident that begins with a disastrous fire in an isolated silver-mining town in Idaho in the 1970s. Everyone in town had a friend, lover, brother, or a husband killed in the mine. The Underworld traces the lives of the handful of survivors and their loved ones—a young widow with twin children, a college student trying to make a life for himself in another town, a lifelong hard-rock miner—as they struggle to come to terms with the loss. It’s a tough, hardworking, hard-drinking town, a town of prostitutes and priests and bar fights, but nobody is tough enough to get through this undamaged. This is a powerful and unforgettable tale about small-town lives and the healing power of love in the midst of suffering.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“An excellent and terse account of a devastating mine fire in Idaho in 1972…Canty keeps his descriptions to a minimum, depending instead on taut stretches of introspection and screenplay-ready dialogue to reveal characters acting against their own best interests…honors labor and thoughtfully challenges the commitment the townspeople make to the thing that is so clearly ruining them.” New York Times Book Review
“Brutal and delicate, hilarious and totally heartbreaking.” Dan Chaon, National Book Award finalist
“A masterly story of heartbreak and struggle against fate and bad luck while heroic themes of love and forgiveness carry this memorable novel.” Library Journal (starred review)
“Canty does a fine job of showing how disaster can lacerate a place or people without utterly destroying hope.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Stunning and deeply moving…The voices of these characters are as memorable as their struggle to keep going in the face of tragedy.” Publishers Weekly
“Any reader will empathize with his sometimes flawed, sometimes valiant people, as they wrestle with the perplexities of social class, family, and love.” David Gates, author of A Hand Reached Down to Guide Me
“A timely reminder of the tremendously complicated questions communities in the American West face…These are superbly drawn people in an impeccably told tale.” Antonya Nelson, author of Funny Once

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Author Bio: Kevin Canty

Kevin Canty is the author of several novels and three short-story collections and has been published in the New Yorker, Esquire, GQ, and the New York Times Magazine.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 7.45
Audience: Adult
Edition: English