Work Like Any Other by Virginia Reeves
Alabama, 1920s: Rosco T. Martin is an electrician by trade. It’s what he loves, where his talents lie. But when his wife, Marie, inherits her father’s failing farm, he must give up his livelihood, at great cost to his sense of self, his marriage and his family.
Realising he might lose them all, he starts siphoning electricity from the state power lines, ushering in a brief period of bounty and happiness. Then a young man is electrocuted on Roscoe’s illegal lines and everything changes: Roscoe is arrested, the farm falls back into decay and Marie abandons him to face his twenty-year prison sentence alone.