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Work Like Any Other

(2016)
A novel by

 
Awards
The Man Booker Prize Best Novel (nominee)
Roscoe T. Martin, the son of an Alabama coal foreman, set his sights on a new type of power spreading at the start of the 20th century: electricity. It became his training, his life's work. But when his wife, Marie, inherits her father's failing farm, Roscoe has to give it up, with great cost to his pride and sense of self, to rescue the farm for the sake of his marriage and his family.

Realizing he might lose them all if he doesn't improve the place, he enlists the help of his black farmhand, Wilson, and begins to use his skills as an electrician to siphon energy from the state, ushering in a period of bounty and happiness on land that had been falling to ruin. Even the love of Marie and their child seems back within Roscoe's grasp. Then a young man working for the power company is electrocuted after stumbling on Roscoe's illegal lines, and everything changes: Roscoe is arrested for manslaughter; Wilson is leased to a coal mine; the farm once more starts to deteriorate without electricity; and Marie abandons her husband as he goes to trial, leaving him to face his 20-year sentence alone.

No longer an electrician or even a farmer, an unmoored Roscoe must now carve out his place in a violent new world. Climbing the ranks from dairy hand to librarian to "dog boy", an inmate who aids the guards to track down escapees, he is ultimately forced to ask himself once more if his work is just work or if the price of his crimes - for him and his family - is greater than he ever let himself believe.

Gorgeously spare and brilliantly insightful, Work Like Any Other announces a major work from an incredible young talent - a deeply affecting story of dispossession, injustice, and redemption that explores the lengths to which the broken among us push forward.

 
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Used availability for Virginia Reeves's Work Like Any Other


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Hardback Editions

April 2016 : UK Hardback
thumbTitle: Work Like Any Other: Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016
Author(s): Virginia Reeves
ISBN: 1-4711-5221-9 / 978-1-4711-5221-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Scribner UK
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

March 2016 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: Work Like Any Other: A Novel
Author(s): Virginia Reeves
ISBN: 1-5011-1249-X / 978-1-5011-1249-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scribner
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Paperback Editions

April 2017 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Work Like Any Other: Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016
Author(s): Virginia Reeves
ISBN: 1-4711-5223-5 / 978-1-4711-5223-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Scribner UK
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

March 2017 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: Work Like Any Other: A Novel
Author(s): Virginia Reeves
ISBN: 1-5011-1250-3 / 978-1-5011-1250-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scribner
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

March 2016 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Work Like Any Other: Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016
Author(s): Virginia Reeves
ISBN: 1-4711-5222-7 / 978-1-4711-5222-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Scribner UK
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Audio Editions

August 2016 : UK Audio CD
Title: Work Like Any Other
Author(s): Virginia Reeves
ISBN: 1-5100-4606-2 / 978-1-5100-4606-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
Availability: Amazon UK   

August 2016 : UK Audio edition
thumbTitle: Work Like Any Other
Author(s): Virginia Reeves
Publisher: Wholestory Audiobooks
Availability: Amazon UK   

March 2016 : USA Audio CD
thumbTitle: Work Like Any Other
Author(s): Virginia Reeves
ISBN: 1-5046-7994-6 / 978-1-5046-7994-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

March 2016 : USA Audio CD
thumbTitle: Work like Any Other: A Novel
Author(s): Virginia Reeves
ISBN: 1-5046-7996-2 / 978-1-5046-7996-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

March 2016 : USA MP3 CD
thumbTitle: Work like Any Other: A Novel
Author(s): Virginia Reeves
ISBN: 1-5046-7995-4 / 978-1-5046-7995-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

March 2016 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: Work Like Any Other: A Novel
Author(s): Virginia Reeves
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Availability: Amazon   

Kindle Editions

April 2016 : UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Work Like Any Other: Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016
Author(s): Virginia Reeves
Publisher: Scribner UK
Availability: Amazon UK   

March 2016 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Work Like Any Other: A Novel
Author(s): Virginia Reeves
Publisher: Scribner
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


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