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Jennifer Haigh grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania. She is a graduate of Dickinson College and the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she was awarded a 2002 James A. Michener Fellowship. Her short stories have been published in Good Housekeeping, Alaska Quarterly Review, The Idaho Review, Global City Review, and elsewhere. She lives in Boston, Massachusetts.
Her first novel, Mrs Kimble, won the PEN/Hemingway Award for debut fiction in the USA. HarperCollins publish Mrs Kimble in May 2004 and will publish Jennifer Haighâ€™s second novel in spring 2005.
American small town life, teeming with immigrants supported by the local mine. We follow five siblings as they grow away from, and return to, their roots during the boom post World War II years. Then comes Vietnam. Through births and deaths, tragedy and success we follow the American dream in an intimate family saga. I loved it.Comparison: Anne Tyler, Elinor Lipman, Carol Shields.Similar this month: Adriana Trigiani, Penny Sumner.