Broken Ground

A Novel

John Keeble
Foreword by Kathleen Moore

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  • Published: 2010
  • Subject Listing: Literature / Fiction; Pacific Northwest
  • Bibliographic information: 456 pp., 2 illus., 8 x 5.5 in.
  • Territorial rights: World Rights
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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.

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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.

"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

"Thoughtful reading that will entertain as it enlightens, Broken Ground is quite the read, very highly recommended."
-Wisconsin Bookwatch

"It's a great Northwest novel, prescient in its themes and sharp in its execution."
-The Oregonian

"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

"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