One Family and the Fracturing of America
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize
“This riveting book is very much about the contested practice of industrial fracking and how its deadly side effects— poisoned air and water—disrupted these congenial small towns and the larger social fabric around Washington . . . The story is a page-turner exposing corporate injustices, dishonesty and public malfeasance.”
Stacey Haney is a local nurse working hard to raise two kids and keep up her small farm when the fracking boom comes to her hometown of Amity, Pennsylvania. Intrigued by reports of lucrative natural gas leases in her neighbors’ mailboxes, she strikes a deal with a Texas-based energy company. When mysterious sicknesses begin to afflict her children, she appeals to the company for help. But its representatives insist that nothing is wrong. So begins Haney’s transformation from a struggling single mom to a renegade activist. Against local opposition, Haney—with the help of her neighbors and a dogged husband-and-wife legal team—begins to expose the human cost of America’s energy boom. Drawing on seven years of immersive reporting, Amity and Prosperity reveals what happens when an imperiled town faces a crisis of values—and a family wagers everything on an improbable quest for justice.
Eliza Griswold is the author of an acclaimed book of poems, Wideawake Field, as well as The Tenth Parallel, which won the 2011 J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize. Her translations of Afghan women’s folk poems, I Am the Beggar of the World, was awarded the 2015 PEN Award for Poetry in Translation. Currently a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University, she has published, most recently, Amity and Prosperity, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, and If Men, Then, a collection of poems.