News from Heaven

News from Heaven : The Bakerton Stories

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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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 308 pages
  • 149.86 x 226.06 x 22.86mm | 294.83g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • HarperCollins
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Large type / large print
  • Large type / large print edition
  • 0062253433
  • 9780062253439
  • 1,736,106

Review quote

"Haigh has a gift for creating believable characters of all kinds and placing them into realistic--often heartbreaking--situations. A must read for fans of "Baker Towers" and a good addition to all short-story collections."--Booklist
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Back cover copy

The bestselling author of Faith and The Condition, Jennifer Haigh returns with a collection of unforgettable short stories centered around the vividly imagined world of Bakerton, Pennsylvania--the setting of her beloved novel Baker Towers--a coal-mining town rocked by decades of painful transition. From its heyday during two world wars through its slow decline, Bakerton is a town that refuses to give up gracefully, binding succeeding generations to the place that made them. With a revolving cast of characters, these stories explore how our roots, the families and places in which we are raised, shape the people we eventually become.

News from Heaven looks unflinchingly at the conflicting human desires for escape and for connection, and explores the enduring hold of home.
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Rating details

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2 5% (75)
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