Baker Towers

Baker Towers

by Jennifer Haigh
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Baker Towers 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
From the opening pages the reader is transported back to a time when life revolved around the family. Haigh's portrayal of the Novak family is filled with perceptions of real life which can be challenging and bitter-sweet. Women were supposed to raise children and their ambitions for anything greater were usually frowned upon. I liked all the characters because each one of them had their moments and their heartaches. She does an excellent job of keeping multiple story-lines running toward the end which is the sign of a talented writer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book hard to put down. It transported me to a different time in american history. Tragic and realistic, i will definitely read more fron this writer.
MsAnnie More than 1 year ago
I love this book! The old neighborhoods, ethnic foods, small town feel all ring so true. I can see my aunts, mother and grandmother(s) in this book, sweet, sad satisfying read.
RobertDowns More than 1 year ago
Coming from a small town and one-time mining town, I found myself completely enamored with BAKER TOWERS, and those little idiosyncrasies that define small town life: the unwillingness to escape, the focus on comfort and the familiar, the constantly churning gossip mill, the quaint downtown, the neat little streets, and the emphasis on family. Had this been the only endearing part of the novel, it still would have been a worthwhile read. But Jennifer Haigh offers her readers so much more. She takes an intricate look at the Novak family and their five children, and she tackles issues like love and loss, success and failure, and greed and generosity with a stealth pen and attention to detail. It is her attention to detail that really brings out the hearts and souls of these characters, transforming them from what in many cases could have been static characters to giving them multi-dimensional appeal. Like Bakerton, Georgie, Dorothy, Joyce, Lucy, and Sandy are defined by more than the twin stacks of mine waste that come to represent the town. While all five children have grown up within the walls of the Novak household, each proves as unique as snowflakes and as fragile in many respects as the morning dew. It’s this fragility that brings fullness and richness to the characters, and the lives of those they interact with. And ultimately it defines the pull of home, whether they reach out and grab it, or do whatever they can to run from it. That is the true definition of small town life, and it’s a message that resonates throughout this novel’s pages. Robert Downs Author of Falling Immortality: Casey Holden, Private Investigator
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the first of Haigh's books that I've read and I definitely want more. Didn't want this book to end. Each chapter leaves you wanting more and you get it. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes an historical saga.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved 'Mrs. Kimble' and looked forward to reading this novel. I was sorely disappointed. I found it depressing. I disagree with the reviewers who said the charcters were fleshed out. I thought they were two-dimensionable. And the author has a habit of making a sweeping statement at the beginning of the chapter and then not following through. Some of the characters appear and then pop up later with little or no explanation of where they have been. This is an ok book and a good escape read but that's probably giving it more praise than it deserves
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I did not realize that this was the start of a series when I purchased the book. I'm not sure if I will continue reading the others or not. It was well written and the characters, of course a about a dysfunctional family, were interesting. The books was written from the viewpoint of some of the characters, but at least she kept it to a reasonable number of people so that they could be better developed rather than trying to do all of them. It was a good, relaxing type read.
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Characters were always to vague to really care about. It seemed like the plot never really went anywhere.
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great characters, but tragic
Judi421 More than 1 year ago
Jennifer Haigh has a nice style about her. I intend to read all of her books.
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The characters come alive from the very beginning. Brings to life a slice of American history.
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