When a shocking discovery is found among the primeval relics at a dig site, an investigation of a different kind begins, as Claire Courtney tries desperately to salvage what’s left of the orchard and her life.
- WINNER: Pinnacle Book Achievement Award, Summer 2021 – 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... The book has some of the most creative and fully fleshed-out characters in modern fiction.” ~ US Review of Books, RECOMMENDED
Amidst the beauty of the Wenatchee Valley at the feet of the Cascade Mountains, orchardist Claire Courtney struggles to make a living from her apple orchard. It’s the late eighties, and an environmental health scare over a chemical used in apple production has dropped the bottom out of the market.
When strange and ancient artifacts are discovered beneath her orchard, Claire wonders whether the ensuing architectural dig will bring her the funds she so desperately needs, or force her to lose the home and livelihood that has been in her family for generations. An antagonistic relationship between the archaeologists on the dig—Joe Running from the west, and Spencer Grant from the east—threaten the entire project.
“Fink has impressive command over the many swirling elements of her well-plotted novel... 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.” ~ Kirkus Reviews (Our Verdict: GET IT)
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“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.”
“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... There is a transformational quality about the author’s text. The voices that spring out of every page seem to come from the mist of time and the furthest reaches of the human experience. It is effortless for the reader to be transported in this richly created literary world. One sees as the curtain slowly falls even more as the author spins a complex web of secrets and revelations that keep the audience engaged throughout. The book has some of the most creative and fully fleshed-out characters in modern fiction. The novel’s narrative is both nuanced and breezy, and its visuals are compelling and revealing. In short, this is a wonderful and engaging literary experience that can’t fail to bring one enjoyment.”
“I enjoyed reading The Clovis Dig very much, mostly because of the characters and the imaginative plot. I liked many of the characters, and their descriptions were superb. The reader finds them familiar from personal experience; their motivations and reactions felt completely natural and believable. Once the battle lines are drawn, I couldn’t help rooting for Claire and Joe, while being afraid that greedy self-interest might prevail against them, as so often happens in real life. The writing is clear and easy to follow, the dialogs are natural, and the pacing steadily increases the tension, so the novel never becomes tedious. Rather the contrary; I just had to turn pages to find out what would happen next. The novel is also educational and I learned a lot about archeological excavations, Native American history, folklore, and myths, so I can highly recommend The Clovis Dig by Teri Fink to anyone looking for both entertaining and enlightening literature.”
”The Clovis Dig by Teri Fink is an exciting read, jammed pack with adventure, mystery, and rich in culture. Fink did an excellent job with the plotline, character dialect, and conclusion. I thought the way the story played out was exceptionally clever, and I could not guess as I read what the ending had in store. Rich in Native American and Hispanic culture, this book holds diverse characters and strong female leads. I especially appreciated the anecdotes about Joe’s life on the reservation, as well as what his experience was growing up as a Native American in the United States. Exceptionally thought-provoking, I found myself curious to learn more about current Native American reservations and their whereabouts. Fink did a wonderful job capturing the importance of preserving Native American artifacts and protecting their land. Although focused on archaeology, this read really would interest any adult reader. A beautifully written mystery, Fink’s tale is one you do not want to miss out on!”