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Dig

By: A.S. King
Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
5 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Acclaimed master of the YA novel A.S. King's 11th book is a surreal and searing dive into the tangled secrets of a wealthy white family in suburban Pennsylvania and the terrible cost the family's children pay to maintain the family name.

The Shoveler, the Freak, CanIHelpYou?, Loretta the Flea-Circus Ring Mistress, and First-Class Malcolm. These are the five teenagers lost in the Hemmings family's maze of tangled secrets. 

Only a generation removed from being Pennsylvania potato farmers, Gottfried and Marla Hemmings managed to trade digging spuds for developing subdivisions and now sit atop a seven-figure bank account - wealth they've declined to pass on to their adult children or their teenage grandchildren. "Because we want them to thrive," Marla always says. 

What does thriving look like? Like carrying a snow shovel everywhere. Like selling pot at the Arby's drive-through window. Like a first-class ticket to Jamaica between cancer treatments. Like a flea circus in a double-wide. Like the GPS coordinates to a mound of dirt in a New Jersey forest. As the rot just beneath the surface of the Hemmings' precious suburban respectability begins to spread, the far-flung grandchildren gradually find their ways back to one another, just in time to uncover the terrible cost of maintaining the family name.

With her inimitable surrealism and insight into teenage experience, A.S. King explores how a corrosive culture of polite, affluent white supremacy tears a family apart and how one determined generation can save themselves.

©2019 A.S. King (P)2019 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

"A.S. King challenges readers from the first page to the last. Dig will make you question the confines of your comfort zone - if you have one. An incredible addition to an already impressive body of work." (Erin Entrada Kelly, New York Times best-selling author and Newbery medalist)

"[King's] trademark surrealism and trenchant prose will speak profoundly to a generation of young people who are waking up to the societal sins of the past and working toward a more equitable future.” (The Horn Book)

"This visceral examination of humanity’s flaws and complexity...cultivates hope in a younger generation that’s wiser and stronger than its predecessors.” (Booklist)

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