Sulley Harris survives by going town to town, pressing his luck, dowsing for water and raising false hopes. Until mysteriously his promises are delivered upon, and he begins uncovering secrets and finding things thought lost.
Set during the Depression, in Appalachia, the author brings a whimsy and folksy style of storytelling to the true life events of the Hawk's Nest Tunnel tragedy. The story brings together a cast of unlikely characters, who are each more than first meets the eye, as the story unfolds in surprising directions.
Gainey and Jeremiah were easy to like from the start, was they each have strong moral compasses and big hearts for others. Sulley is a walking contradiction in many ways, his actions and behavior baffling to those around him. I liked how the events challenged him to look at things differently.
Overall, this was an entertaining read, filled with heart, humor, loss, and new beginnings. It does a great job of dealing with difficult topics, focusing on the characters and their arcs, realistically bringing to life the setting and time period. A wholly enjoyable read.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.