News from Heaven: The Bakerton Stories

News from Heaven: The Bakerton Stories

by Jennifer Haigh
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News from Heaven: The Bakerton Stories by Jennifer Haigh

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060889647
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/29/2013
Pages: 244
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Jennifer Haigh is the author of The Condition, Baker Towers, and Mrs. Kimble, winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award for debut fiction. Her short stories have appeared in The Atlantic, Granta, the Saturday Evening Post, and many other publications. She lives in the Boston area.

Hometown:

Boston, Massachusetts

Date of Birth:

October 16, 1968

Place of Birth:

Barnesboro, Pennsylvania

Education:

B.A., Dickinson College, 1990; M.F.A., Iowa Writers' Workshop, 2002

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News from Heaven: The Bakerton Stories 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
redwingsLM More than 1 year ago
Haigh’s stories focus on the longings, loves, disappointments, and small consolations shaping the lives of the inhabitants of a declining coal mining town.  Her writing has a lovely simplicity, foregoing any fussy, pretentious wordplay at odds with unadorned, small-town Bakerton. The stories are loosely interconnected less by plot than by family ties, spanning several generations, and by the common theme of Bakerton’s power to inspire both escape and rootedness, often all within the same person. While melancholic at times, the stories are not melodramatic, and the characters are intriguing enough to hold the reader’s interest from start to finish.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dont waste your money
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This collection of short stories, each of which can stand on its own, weave together in surprising and unpredictable ways, inviting the reader to reflect on how lives interact and comnect with one another over the course of collective life spans. Story by story the reader learns that life is brief, dependent on one another, and influenced by those we know, those we don't know, those we think we "know", and those who have gone before us. The lives of the characters, graciously and gently described, giving value to each one, will teach you to be kind to yourself. That is the news from heaven.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No way would I recommend this book. Plot is trite and the wriylting is subpar. Don't waste your time or money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Though the stories Jennifer Haight lack joy they are well written and genuine. Read them.
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I love the original book about Baker Falls. Ms. Haigh writes with such insight to people. Highly recommend if you read the first book. I lived in a town very similar to Baker Falls in Pennsylvania and recognize so many of the characters. Great book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Title and reviews suggested these were in the spiritual genre or romance someone prays between receipes combo. dank and gloom combo no relief by humor
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Must read if you read Baker Towers
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If still in doubt if it would please borrow from the library on nook or a hard civer from your library through systems i can only aford to buy what i might want to reread. I buy the complete works of famous authors and often 3/4 of their works are dated boring abd repetitive e g every one dying of tb or typhoid in other words grow up stop whining. I am mom and I am 86 years old.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There is a God, there is a Heaven
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am now trying the free sample.I will tell you if it is good when I am done.