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, the critically acclaimed essay collection The Eye of the Mammoth, and Big Wonderful Thing: A History of Texas. 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.
The suspense is as pressurized as the atmosphere 150 feet below the surface. Jacob’s Well delivers satisfaction from beginning to end. The action sequences are authentic and taut. The love affairs and the nuances of emotion between the three protagonists ring painfully true.
~St. Louis Globe-Democrat
Jacob’s Well is one of the finest novels to be written in Texas in the last ten years. Exquisitely painful at times, Stephen Harrigan’s second novel is also deeply humane—a thoughtful and thought-provoking story of how three individuals make peace with themselves, each other, and the world around them.
~San Antonio Express-News
A significant work by an author whose talents, like the depths of Jacob’s Well itself, seem limitless.
~United Press International
An emotionally resonant novel.
At times deeply moving and wise, this novel reveals Harrigan’s increasing maturity as a novelist.
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