Amity and Prosperity

One Family and the Fracturing of America by Eliza Griswold

  • Published: Aug 27, 2020

Winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction In Amity and Prosperity, the prizewinning poet and journalist Eliza Griswold tells the story of the energy booms impact on a small town at the edge of Appalachia and one womans transformation from a... read more

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Details of Amity and Prosperity

Exact title of the book
Amity and Prosperity
Book author
Eliza Griswold
ISBN
9780374103118
Publisher
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Published
Jun 12, 2018
Language
English
Format
PDF, FB2, EPUB, MOBI
Pages
336
File size (in PDF)
3024 kB

Some brief overview of book

Winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction In Amity and Prosperity, the prizewinning poet and journalist Eliza Griswold tells the story of the energy booms impact on a small town at the edge of Appalachia and one womans transformation from a struggling single parent to an unlikely activist. Stacey Haney is a local nurse working hard to raise two kids and keep up her small farm when the fracking boom comes to her hometown of Amity, Pennsylvania. Intrigued by reports of lucrative natural gas leases in her neighbors mailboxes, she strikes a deal with a Texas-based energy company.

Soon trucks begin rumbling past her small farm, a fenced-off drill site rises on an adjacent hilltop, and domestic animals and pets start to die. When mysterious sicknesses begin to afflict her children, she appeals to the company for help. Its representatives insist that nothing is wrong.

Alarmed by her childrens illnesses, Haney joins with neighbors and a committed husband-and-wife legal team to investigate whats really in the water and air. Against local opposition, Haney and her allies doggedly pursue their case in court and begin to expose the damage thats being done to the land her family has lived on for centuries. Soon a community that has long been suspicious of outsiders faces wrenching new questions about who is responsible for their fate, and for redressing it The faceless corporations that are poisoning the land?

The environmentalists who fail to see their economic distress? A federal government that is mandated to protect but fails on the job? Drawing on seven years of immersive reporting, Griswold reveals what happens when an imperiled town faces a crisis of values, and a family wagers everything on an improbable quest for justice.

About author

Griswold is the author of The Tenth Parallel Dispatches from the Fault Line Between Christianity and Islam, which won the 2011 J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize. Her translations of Afghan womens folk poems, I Am the Beggar of the World, was awarded the 2015 PEN Award for Poetry in Translation.

She has held fellowships from the New America Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, and Harvard University, and in 2010 the American Academy in Rome awarded her the Rome Prize for her poems. Currently a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University, she lives in New York with her husband and son.

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