In News from Heaven, Jennifer Haigh—bestselling author of Faith and The Condition—returns to the territory of her acclaimed novel Baker Towers with a collection of short stories set in and around the fictionalized coal-mining town of Bakerton, Pennsylvania.
Exploring themes of restlessness, regret, redemption and acceptance, Jennifer Haigh depicts men and women of different generations shaped by dreams and haunted by disappointments.
Janet Maslin of the New York Times has called Haigh's Bakerton stories "utterly, entrancingly alive on the page," comparable to Richard Russo's Empire Falls.
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...some of my favorite stories are those featuring the most transgressive character, Sandy, the man who escapes forever to Las Vegas and Los Angeles.Read Full Review of News from Heaven: The Bakerto... | See more reviews from NY Times
It is Ms. Haigh’s great gift to make all of these people come alive and to make readers really care how their destinies unfold.Read Full Review of News from Heaven: The Bakerto... | See more reviews from NY Times
The sentences are short and seemingly simple. But they each carry a palpable sense of wistfulness or dread or encouragement—whatever emotion is appropriate to the story. This is the work of a skilled storyteller—a writer in control of her craft.Read Full Review of News from Heaven: The Bakerto... | See more reviews from NY Journal of Books
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