News from Heaven by Jennifer Haigh
The Bakerton Stories

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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.
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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.

 

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 February 5, 2013 by Harper. 261 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for News from Heaven
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NY Times

Above average
Reviewed by Joan Silber on May 10 2013

...some of my favorite stories are those featuring the most transgressive character, Sandy, the man who escapes forever to Las Vegas and Los Angeles.

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Excellent
Reviewed by Janet Maslin on Jan 27 2013

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.

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Good
Reviewed by Jonathan Rickard on Jan 29 2013

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.

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