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THE GOOD HAND: A Memoir of Work, Brotherhood, and Transformation in an American Boomtown

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The Good Hand: Memoir of Work Brotherhood Transformation in an American Boomtown Michael Patrick F. Smith Viking Press Penguin Random House Starred Kirkus Publishers Weekly Woody Guthrie Jack London Sam Shepard George Orwell The Good Hand The Good Hand The Good Hand The Good Hand: Memoir of Work Brotherhood Transformation in an American Boomtown Michael Patrick F. Smith Viking Press Penguin Random House Starred Kirkus Publishers Weekly Woody Guthrie Jack London Sam Shepard George Orwell The Good Hand The Good Hand The Good Hand The Good Hand: Memoir of Work Brotherhood Transformation in an American Boomtown Michael Patrick F. Smith Viking Press Penguin Random House Starred Kirkus Publishers Weekly Woody Guthrie Jack London Sam Shepard George Orwell The Good Hand The Good Hand The Good Hand The Good Hand: Memoir of Work Brotherhood Transformation in an American Boomtown Michael Patrick F. Smith Viking Press Penguin Random House Starred Kirkus Publishers Weekly Woody Guthrie Jack London Sam Shepard George Orwell The Good Hand The Good Hand The Good Hand

Like thousands of restless men left unmoored in the wake of the 2008 economic crash, Michael Patrick Smith arrived in the fracking boomtown of Williston, North Dakota homeless, unemployed, and desperate for a job. Renting a mattress on a dirty flophouse floor, he slept boot to beard with migrant men who came from all across America and as far away as Jamaica, Africa and the Philippines. They ate together, drank together, argued like crows and searched for jobs they couldn’t get back home. Smith’s goal was to find the hardest work he could do—to find out if he could do it. He hired on in the oil patch where he toiled fourteen hour shifts from summer’s 100 degree dog days to deep into winter’s bracing whiteouts, all the while wrestling with the demons of a turbulent past, his broken relationships with women, and the haunted memories of a family riven by violence.