Tom Bennitt with BURNING UNDER

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 5:00pm

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.

About the Author
Tom Bennitt is the 2017-2018 Emerging Writer-in-Residence at Penn State-Altoona. He received his MFA in Fiction from the University of Mississippi. Burning Under is his debut novel.

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Off Square Books
129 Courthouse Sq
Oxford, MS 38655
Burning Under By Tom Bennitt Cover Image
ISBN: 9781622882243
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Published: Stephen F. Austin University Press - November 5th, 2018