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Work Like Any Other
Author: Virginia Reeves

ISBN: 9781471152221
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 1 March 2016
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.4 x 2.1
Placing itself perfectly alongside acclaimed work by Philipp Meyer, Jane Smiley and J M Coetzee, this debut novel charts the story of Roscoe T Martin in rural Alabama in the 1920s. Roscoe has set his sights on a new type of power spreading at the start of the 20th century: electricity.

It becomes his training, his life's work. But when his wife Marie inherits her father's failing farm, Roscoe has to give it up, with great cost to his pride and sense of self, his marriage and his family. Realising that he might lose them all, he uses his skills as an electrician to siphon energy from the state, ushering in a period of bounty and happiness on a farm recently falling to ruin. Even the love of Marie and their son seems back within Roscoe's grasp. Then everything changes.

A young man is electrocuted on their land. Roscoe is arrested for manslaughter and - no longer an electrician or even a farmer - he must now carve out a place in a violent new world.

Caroline Baum's Review

This book captivated me from the get-go and never let up. And it's a debut too, which makes it doubly exciting and impressive. Yo...

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