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The Fracking King: A Novel

Browning, James

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Title: The Fracking King: A Novel

Publisher: Brilliance Audio

Binding: MP3 CD

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A novel about boarding school, hardcore Scrabble fanatics, and fracking—a new kind of environmental novel by a spokesman and chief strategist for Common Cause.

The Fracking King follows Winston Crwth—a boarding-school kid, loner, and Scrabble prodigy—who becomes an unlikely hero in the fight to stop fracking in Pennsylvania. Truth is a rare commodity in politics, and the idea of “winning” a debate as cleanly and simply as you’d win a Scrabble game can seem impossible. But with the truth on his side, a jar of toxic “frackwater,” and the belief that he can win a Scrabble tournament whose first prize is a meeting with Governor Linda King LaRue, Winston creates a moment of devastating truth for her and for the people who want to frack the state.

For all its thoughtful environmental concerns, The Fracking King is also a hopeful audiobook about the power of believing in yourself and pursuing your own particular genius. Winston’s Scrabble prowess has its freakish side, but it also makes him genuinely heroic, and his lexical predicaments are funny, shocking, dirty, and sometimes mind-boggling. This is the rare, satisfying debut that’s as playful as it is profound.


An Amazon Best Book of the Month, July 2014: James Browning’s debut brings together Scrabble, fracking, and a student at a Pennsylvania boarding school in a delightful mix that touches on environmentalism without ever taking a misstep into diatribe. High school junior Winston Crwth has entered his third school in as many years. A Scrabble obsessive, he attends Hale on a “Dark scholarship,” which pays the bills; but the Darks own the Dark Oil & Gas Company, which runs fracking concerns in the area. Although Scrabble is banned at Hale when Win first arrives, he manages to get the ban repealed so that he can compete in the Pennsylvania State Scrabble Tournament. Once there, he encounters the governor and the president of Dark Oil & Gas. Filled with quirky characters and lively word play (often having to do with Scrabble), The Fracking King is a novel that knows where it stands and what it stands for. --Chris Schluep

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