New contemporary fiction shines a brutal light on the toxic chemical use by the gas drilling industry that exacts a heavy toll on all life forms. Brindle 24 tells the raw story of a nuclear family who live in intimate harmony with the land, and are torn apart by effects of hydraulic fracturing, fracking, beneath their ancestral home. The fates of the family over 24 hours will haunt the reader, as fracking continues to expand across the globe.
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I am officially a fan of J.J. Brown. I read and very much enjoyed her previous novel, Vector A Modern Love Story, as well as the short story collection Death and the Dream. Brindle 24 is another winner. The story centers on a rural town that is undergoing hydraulic fracturing (commonly referred to as "fracking"), and the plot concerns the lives of some of the families in that town and how fracking has affected them, knowingly and unknowingly. Brown has written characters that the reader will relate to and care about; each one is compelling, flawed or quirky in some way but endearing. One of the most beautiful things about J.J. Brown's writing is her silent main character, which is locale. In everything of hers that I've read, there is a life force to her settings. Brindle 24 is no different. You can absolutely feel a pulse in the land of the town, feel its sorrow and anger as well as its desire to survive and thrive. The story unfolds over a period of 24 hours, which builds momentum and suspense but also feels natural and organic. Besides telling a touching and sensitive story, Brown successfully educates on the science behind fracking. I learned a lot about this very controversial, hot-button issue, all while reading a bittersweet and memorable story.
In Brindle 24, we experience the last day in the life of a town. Brindle is a small town on the Marcellus Shale that has been overtaken by fracking. We follow some locals and even a few visitors to see how fracking impacts the community. A mere 24 hours span the course of the entire novel…yet the town seems familiar to us, the characters are so well crafted we feel we’ve known them all our lives, and the story unfolding before us leaves the reader completely captivated. Unfortunately the circumstances faced by the residents of Brindle are very much non-fictional. Author and scientist J.J. Brown lists on the book website, pages upon pages of research that went into investigating the hazards of hydraulic fracturing. Fiction mirrors reality as we read this book and learn disturbing facts about government regulations, environmental ramifications, medical gag orders, and the effect fracking has on plant, animal, and human life. Mutations are only the beginnings of the horrors as while reading one can’t help but think of climate change, Keystone XL, and the myriad of other dangers our planet faces. Mindful that not everyone is a Doctor of Science, the science in the novel is explained in an understandable manner by J.J. Brown. The writing is expertly composed and flows smoothly. I highly recommend this book, not just to the environmentally conscious, but to anyone who appreciates great storytelling. I can’t imagine anyone reading this book and not being affected by it. I’ve immensely enjoyed everything J.J. Brown has written, and this work I feel is her strongest yet.