Baker Towers by Jennifer Haigh

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Bakerton is a community of company houses and church festivals, of union squabbles and firemen's parades. Its neighborhoods include Little Italy, Swedetown, and Polish Hill. For its tight-knit citizens -- and the five children of the Novak family -- the 1940s will be a decade of excitement, tragedy, and stunning change. Baker Towers is a family saga and a love story, a hymn to a time and place long gone, to America's industrial past, and to the men and women we now call the Greatest Generation. It is a feat of imagination from an extraordinary voice in American fiction, a writer of enormous power and skill.


About Jennifer Haigh

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Jennifer Haigh is the author of four critically acclaimed novels, Faith, The Condition, Baker Towers, (winner of the L. L. Winship/PEN New England Award for Fiction), and Mrs. Kimble, for which she won the PEN/Hemingway Award. Her short fiction has been published widely, including The Atlantic, Granta, Best American Short Stories 2012, and other publications. She lives in the Boston area.
Published March 17, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 368 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Business & Economics. Fiction

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Joyce attempts to escape into the Air Force but comes back home out of a sense of duty to her ailing mother, then slowly builds a rewarding life for herself.

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"They'll love you," George tells Marion as he prepares to bring her for what will be her one and only visit to Bakerton.

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Book Reporter

Although BAKER TOWERS sounds like it should be set in an upscale apartment complex or perhaps an exclusive prep school, it actually takes place in a less glamorous, but equally evocative, setting --- the small coal mining town of Bakerton, in western Pennsylvania.

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Entertainment Weekly

Set in the Pennsylvania coal-mining town of Bakerton in the years following WWII, Jennifer Haigh's appealing second novel Baker Towers concerns the fate of the Novak family.

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USA Today

Women's lives are the subject of soul-searching novels by veteran authors Douglas Coupland, Jennifer Haigh and Jean Hanff Korelitz.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Sarah Cypher Critical Summary Haigh, author of the award-winning Mrs. Kimble ( 3 of 5 Stars May/June 2003) and the granddaughter of coal miners, grew up in a Pennsylvania mining town.

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