DEEP IN THE EARTH: a novel, by Mary Bozeman Hodges

Sapling Grove Press is excited to announce that we released Mary Bozeman Hodges’ novel, Deep in the Earth, on November 1st, 2018!

This first novel by respected short fiction writer and storyteller Mary Bozeman Hodges transports the reader into the life and times of Moss McCullen. In this original and riveting coming-of-age story, Moss struggles to grow up, take care of his family, and find love, all while searching for the success and respect his father earned in the zinc mines of East Tennessee. Told in first-person from a multitude of rich and dynamic characters, this literary novel takes the reader into the vivid history of a little-known corner of Appalachia. In the perilous and exciting zinc mines, Moss and his fellow miners sustain their communities and those who love them by descending each day into the rock below their very farms and houses, deep in the earth.

To order this book, go to the “Store” section of this web site. Also available at Amazon and by request at bookstores everywhere. Released for sale on November 1, 2018. Fiction; 305 pages; 6” x 9” softcover book; $18.00 plus shipping and appropriate tax.

Please join us for a public launch for Deep in the Earth and a reading by the author on Monday evening, December 03, 2018, 7:00pm, on the campus of Carson-Newman University. A reception will follow the reading, and the author will be selling and signing copies of her novel. For more information, see the “events” section of this web site.

Praise for Deep in the Earth:

In Mary Hodges’ absorbing novel, Deep in the Earth, old passions run as deep as the mines and as high as the mountains of East Tennessee—a difficult emotional terrain for her complex and carefully drawn characters to navigate. Deep in the Earth is not only a passionate love story but also a detailed picture of work in the mines and life in this small town where class and race determine many fates. You will find yourself deeply involved in these lives and loves. Deep in the Earth is that rarity—a literary page-turner.     Lee Smith, author of The New York Times' bestseller The Last Girls, and the winner of several major writing awards including the Sidney Lanier Prize for Southern Literature in 2013.

Deep in the Earth is a classic story of a boy trying to take his father's place and live his father's dream, only to be caught in the same web of classism and racism that marred his parents' lives. In authentic voices from a place she understands deeply, Mary Hodges explores the complexity of life in the zinc mines of the Mountain South as extractive industry takes hold.     George Ella Lyon, Kentucky Poet Laureate (2015-2016), and author of With a Hammer for My Heart.

Deep In the Earth,   by Mary Bozeman Hodges, released November 2018.

Deep In the Earth, by Mary Bozeman Hodges, released November 2018.