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Columbia MFA graduate and Edward Albee Fellow, Natalie Harnett, grew up in Queens, NY and currently lives on Long Island with her family. She spent most of her childhood vacations visiting her grandfather’s home in the Wayne County region of Pennsylvania, and while researching that area she learned of the devastating coal mine fire that took place in the nearby city of Carbondale. The Hollow Ground, her debut novel, tells the story not only of that fire but of one family’s struggle to survive.

Books by Natalie Harnett

  • The Hollow Ground

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Natalie S. Harnett
    • Narrated By Luci Christian
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The underground mine fires ravaging Pennsylvania coal country have forced 11-year-old Brigid Howley and her family to seek refuge with her estranged grandparents, the formidable Gram and the black lung-stricken Gramp. Tragedy is no stranger to the Howleys, a proud Irish-American clan who takes strange pleasure in the "curse" laid upon them generations earlier by a priest who ran afoul of the Molly Maguires. The weight of this legacy rests heavily on a new generation, when Brigid, already struggling to keep her family together, makes a grisly discovery in a long-abandoned bootleg mine shaft.

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