Originally published in 1984, Stephen Harrigan’s passionate, emotionally intense second novel takes readers deep into the mysterious passageways of a Central Texas aquifer—and of the human heart. This edition includes a new afterword by the author.
Stephen Harrigan is the author of nine books of fiction and nonfiction, including the award-winning novels The Gates of the Alamo and Remember Ben Clayton and the critically acclaimed essay collection The Eye of the Mammoth. He lives in Austin, Texas, where he is a writer-at-large for Texas Monthly and a faculty fellow at the University of Texas’s Michener Center for Writers.
“Stephen Harrigan makes every page of his book seem new . . . When Sam, Libby, and Rick make their climactic dive into the well’s nether passages, the suspense functions on several levels at once. Will they come out alive? How is the triangle going to resolve itself? Can the novelist succeed in fusing his several strands of plot and character with a single blaze of action? My conscience won’t let me answer the first two questions in the presence of anyone inclined to read the book, but I have no qualms about the third: yes, indeed.”