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Broken Ground : A Novel

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2011 Outstanding Title, University Press Books for Public and Secondary School LibrariesBroken Ground employs a construction project in the Oregon desert as the basis for a story with far-reaching political and moral implications. Hank Lafleur has been sent to supervise the project, which is a prison-for-profit financed by a multinational corporation under government contract, and meant to house felons, illegal immigrants, and, as Lafleur comes to learn, political prisoners from Latin America. Broken Ground is remarkable for its prophetic vision of the hollow securities promised by incarceration and of the effects of "privatization" as an armature of American imperialism - in both the domestic and international realms.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 456 pages
  • 139.7 x 203.2 x 30.48mm | 476.27g
  • University of Washington Press
  • Washington, United States
  • English
  • New edition
  • New
  • 2 illus.
  • 0295990481
  • 9780295990484

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It's a great Northwest novel, prescient in its themes and sharp in its execution. * The Oregonian * Thoughtful reading that will entertain as it enlightens, Broken Ground is quite the read, very highly recommended. * Wisconsin Bookwatch * Broken Ground rumbles with metaphor, and the book seems to propel itself toward revelations about our individual, collective, and national spirit. -- Tim Nolan * New York Times Book Review * In John Keeble's extraordinary novel, Broken Ground, a social fable for our time, every element has its double in the illuminating realm of metaphor. . . . No other serious American novel has confronted so directly and so eerily the slithery power of corporate dominance over humble lives as well as over our changing, dehumanized landscape. -- Lynne Sharon Schwartz * Hungry Mind Review *show more

About John Keeble

John Keeble is the author of four novels, including Yellowfish and Broken Ground, a collection of short stories, Nocturnal America, and a work of nonfiction, Out of the Channel: The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill in Prince William Sound.show more

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"In John Keeble's extraordinary novel, Broken Ground, a social fable for our time, every element has its double in the illuminating realm of metaphor. . . . No other serious American novel has confronted so directly and so eerily the slithery power of corporate dominance over humble lives as well as over our changing, dehumanized landscape." -Lynne Sharon Schwartz, Hungry Mind Reviewshow more

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