Set in southwestern Pennsylvania, Burning Under is a cerebral literary thriller that centers around a deadly coalmine explosion.
A polyphonic narrative, the point of view shifts between three people whose lives are shaken by the disaster.
Larry, a veteran miner haunted by his past, survives the explosion, but cannot avoid the media spotlight or the hero label.
Denise, a young nurse, tries to escape her troubled marriage by taking a job at a Pittsburgh hospital. And Simon is a disgruntled lawyer for Commonwealth Energy who suspects the accident was caused by his company's low safety and ethical standards.
Assisted by his girlfriend, a Pittsburgh journalist, Simon digs around and uncovers a trail of evidence and a massive cover-up engineered by the CEO, George Blount.
Linked by a common desire to expose the company, Simon, Larry, and Denise form an alliance; but George will do anything to conceal the truth and exact revenge, provoking a violent end.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 200 pages
- Publisher: Stephen F. Austin State University Press
- Publication Date: 30/09/2018
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781622882243