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2017 Book: The Well and the Mine by Gin Phillips

Members and friends of Country Club Christian Church are invited to read The Well and the Mine this spring. Described as exploring “the value of community, charity, family and hope that we can give each other during a time of hardship,” The Well and the Mine transports the reader back to the coal mining region of 1930s Alabama in the manner of To Kill a Mockingbird.

Discuss the book with others from our church in one of several small group gatherings. Then on May 11, the book’s author, Gin Phillips, will speak at the church at 7:00 p.m.

The book can be purchased in The Well for $16.

Sign up for a Discussion Group

Meet new people and share your reflections on the book by participating in a book discussion. Discussion groups will be held at various locations such as homes, coffee shops and the church. Sign up to attend a group at the time and place of your choice. Review the list of discussion groups, hosts, times/days/locations and event types and sign up here.

Author Event

Meet Gin Phillips on Thurs., May 11 at 7:00 p.m. when she appears at Country Club Christian Church to share insights on her book. A reception will follow.

About the Book

In a small Alabama coal-mining town during the summer of 1931, nine-year-old Tess Moore sits on her back porch and watches a woman toss a baby into her family’s well without a word. This shocking act of violence sets in motion a chain of events that forces Tess and her older sister Virgie to look beyond their own door and learn the value of kindness and lending a helping hand. As Tess and Virgie try to solve the mystery of the well, an accident puts their seven-year-old brother’s life in danger, revealing just what sorts of sacrifices their parents, Albert and Leta, have made in order to give their children a better life, and the power of love and compassion to provide comfort to those we love.

About the Author

Gin Phillips is the author of five novels. Her debut novel, The Well and the Mine, was the winner of the 2009 Barnes & Noble Discover Award. Since then, her work has been sold in 29 countries.

Born in Montgomery, Al., Gin graduated from Birmingham-Southern College with a degree in political journalism. She worked as a magazine writer for more than a decade, living in Ireland, New York, and Washington D.C., before eventually moving back to Alabama.

She currently lives in Birmingham with her family and her schnoodle. More at