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VIRGINIA REEVES - Work Like Any Other
Thursday, March 10 at 7PM
& Michener Grad
speaking & signing
Work Like Any Other
From Michener Center graduate Virginia Reeves comes a debut novel about a prideful electrician in 1920s rural Alabama struggling to overcome past sins and find peace after being sent to prison for manslaughter. Gorgeously spare and insightful, Work Like Any Other is a striking story of love and redemtpion, the heavy burdens of family and guilt, and learning how to escape them.
ABOUT WORK LIKE ANY OTHER
In this astonishingly accomplished, morally complicated, “exceptional and starkly beautiful debut” (Kevin Powers, National Book Award–nominated author of The Yellow Birds), a prideful electrician in 1920s rural Alabama struggles to overcome past sins and find peace after being sent to prison for manslaughter.
Roscoe T. Martin set his sights on a new type of power spreading at the start of the twentieth century: electricity. It became his training, his life’s work. But when his wife, Marie, inherits her father’s failing farm, Roscoe has to give up his livelihood, with great cost to his sense of self, his marriage, and his family. Realizing he might lose them all if he doesn’t do something, he begins to use his skills as an electrician to siphon energy from the state, ushering in a period of bounty and happiness. Even the love of Marie and their child seem back within Roscoe’s grasp...
ABOUT VIRGINIA REEVES
Virginia Reeves is a graduate of the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin. Her fiction has appeared in The Common and The Baltimore Review and has been short-listed for the Tennessee Williams Fiction Contest and the Alexander Patterson Cappon Fiction Award. She has spent the majority of her life in Montana, but currently lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband and two daughters. Work Like Any Other is her first novel.
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