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The Clovis Dig

The Clovis Dig

by Teri Fink

Narrated by Kelly Dugger

Unabridged — 8 hours, 26 minutes

Teri Fink
The Clovis Dig

The Clovis Dig

by Teri Fink

Narrated by Kelly Dugger

Unabridged — 8 hours, 26 minutes

Teri Fink

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When a shocking discovery is found among ancient artifacts during an archaeological dig in an orchard, an investigation of a different kind begins. Orchardist Claire Courtney must decide who to trust as she desperately tries to salvage what's left of her livelihood and her life.

  • WINNER: Pinnacle Book Achievement Award, Summer 2021 - Best Literary Fiction
  • TOP 5 FINALIST: The Kindle Book Review 2021 - Best Literary Fiction
  • FINALIST: The Independent Author Network 2021 - Best Literary Fiction
  • FINALIST: Eric Hoffer Award 2022 - Best Literary Fiction

“Given the sheer volume of literature produced each year, it can sometimes be hard to find true works of such striking excellence as this tiny gem of a book... The voices that spring out of every page seem to come from the mist of time and the furthest reaches of the human experience...” ~ US Review of Books, RECOMMENDED

Amidst the beauty of the Wenatchee Valley at the feet of the Cascade Mountains, apple orchardist Claire Courtney struggles to make a living.

When strange and ancient artifacts are discovered beneath her land, Claire wonders whether the ensuing archaeological dig will save her, or be the final blow in her struggle to hang onto her home and livelihood. To make matters worse, conflict between the archaeologists on the dig-Joe Running from the west, and Spencer Grant from the east-threatens the entire project.

This multicultural novel brings together Native Americans, Latinos, and migrant workers from the American South to grapple over ownership of what lies beneath the earth.

EVOLVED PUBLISHING PRESENTS a multiple award-winning literary fiction piece from the award-winning author of “Invisible by Day.”

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An apple orchard owner discovers relics on her land that may be from ancient Native Americans in Fink’s mystery.

Claire Courtney grew up on the land she now owns—an apple and cherry orchard in Washington state. It’s a beautiful place, but the work is hard, and the orchard is carrying a great deal of debt. Her workers unearth some old Native American spear points—at 8 or 9 inches, they are unusually large. Claire calls a state university for advice, and they send Joe Running, a young Native American archaeology professor. Joe, astounded by the size of the objects, realizes they could be 10,000 years old and artifacts from the ancient Clovis culture. He sets up a dig site with some graduate students, but Claire is skeptical. (“I don’t much like anybody telling me what to do, and I’m not one for a having a bunch of people underfoot, so we’ll see how this whole thing plays out.”) News of the find leaks to the media, and a local Native American nation threatens legal action to halt the excavation. Tourists begin to flow into the orchard along with Spencer Grant, an Ivy League hotshot who wants to take over the dig from Joe. Spencer has seniority and plenty of prestige and connections, but the dig is jeopardized when workers at the site find a contemporary murder victim in a plastic bag. Fink has impressive command over the many swirling elements of her well-plotted novel, from the stresses of an agricultural business to the politics of academic power plays. Crucial to the story is Joe Running, a finely drawn young archaeologist who contextualizes the novel’s events in a marked way, especially as things take a darker turn. The characterizations are strong, but the author has the ability to make the unique setting as important as the people.

Archaeology and murder mix in this smart, picturesque novel that’s steeped in local culture.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940175477116
Publisher: Evolved Publishing LLC
Publication date: 11/02/2021
Edition description: Unabridged

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