Broken Ground: A Novel by John KeebleBroken Ground: A Novel by John Keeble

Broken Ground: A Novel

byJohn KeebleForeword byKathleen Moore, Kathleen Dean Moore

Paperback | October 18, 2010

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2011 Outstanding Title, University Press Books for Public and Secondary School Libraries

Broken 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.

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.
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Title:Broken Ground: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:456 pages, 8 × 5.5 × 1.12 inPublished:October 18, 2010Publisher:University Of Washington PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0295990481

ISBN - 13:9780295990484

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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.A deftly evoked, beautifully perceived novel about trouble and doubt, about the persistent trickiness of life. It is a fresh, wise, consistently engaging work. - Barry Lopez, Barry Lopez