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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.
Acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Haigh returns to the Pennsylvania town at the center of her iconic novel Baker Towers in this ambitious, achingly human story of modern America and the conflicting forces at its heart-a bold, moving drama of hope and desperation, greed and power, big business and small-town families. Forty years ago, Bakerton coal fueled the country. Then the mines closed, and the town wore away like a bar of soap. Now Bakerton has been granted a surprise third act: it sits squarely atop the Marcellus Shale, a massive deposit of natural gas. To drill or not to drill? Prison guard Rich Devlin leases his mineral rights to finance his dream of farming. He doesn't count on the truck traffic and nonstop noise, his brother's skepticism or the paranoia of his wife, Shelby, who insists the water smells strange and is poisoning their frail daughter. Meanwhile his neighbors, organic dairy farmers Mack and Rena, hold out against the drilling-until a passionate environmental activist disrupts their lives. Told through a cast of characters whose lives are increasingly bound by the opposing interests that underpin the national debate, Heat and Light depicts a community blessed and cursed by its natural resources. Soaring and ambitious, it zooms from drill rig to shareholders' meeting to the Three Mile Island nuclear reactor to the ruined landscape of the strippins, haunting reminders of Pennsylvania's past energy booms. This is a dispatch from a forgotten America-a work of searing moral clarity from one of the finest writers of her generation, a courageous and necessary book.
Ein gefeierter amerikanischer Gesellschaftsroman von PEN/Hemingway-Preistragerin Jennifer Haigh - in der Tradition von Richard Ford, Jonathan Franzen - und Juli Zehs "e;Unterleuten"e;. Bakerton im lndlichen Pennsylvania hat schon bessere Zeiten gesehen. Die einst blhende Region ist durch den Niedergang von Kohle und Stahl schwer gezeichnet. Ist es da Segen oder Fluch, dass ein Energiekonzern den verarmten Landbesitzern pltzlich das groe Geld verspricht? Naivitt und Gier, Hysterie und blinder Aktivismus, Ehekrisen und unverhoffte neue Allianzen - der Erdgas-Boom bringt die kleine eingeschworeneGemeinschaft aus den Fugen. Mit groer Zuneigung zu ihren Figuren zeichnet Jennifer Haigh das Ringen ganz normaler Menschen um wirtschaftlichen Wohlstand und moralische Verantwortung - und gleichzeitig ein groartiges Portrt der amerikanischen Gesellschaft. "e;Haigh gelingt es, ein fast liebevolles Bild jenes Amerika zu zeichnen, ber das wir seit der Wahl von Donald Trump so viel wissen mchten."e; Deutschlandfunk Kultur
Was wird aus einer Familie, wenn durch einen Schicksalsschlag die schone Fassade vom vollkommenen Gluck zusammenbricht?Nach auen sind die McKotchs eine geradezu perfekte Familie. Doch als die 13-jhrige Gwen schwer erkrankt, zeigt sich pltzlich, wie einsam jeder von ihnen ist. Zu hoch sind die Erwartungen, die alle haben, zu gro die Zweifel an der Liebe zueinander. Allein Gwen gelingt es schlielich als junge Frau, ihrem Schicksal zu trotzen. Als sie sich verliebt, hat sie das Gefhl, endlich aufzutauchen und befreit zu sein. Doch ihr unverhofftes Glck lst in ihrer Familie fatale Emotionen aus.
Now, in this collection of interconnected short stories, Jennifer Haigh returns to the vividly imagined world of Bakerton, Pennsylvania, 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, bindingsometimes cruellysucceeding generations to the place that made them. A young woman glimpses a world both strange and familiar when she becomes a live-in maid for a Jewish family in New York City. A long-absent brother makes a sudden and tragic homecoming. A solitary middle-aged woman tastes unexpected love when a young man returns to town. With a revolving cast of charactersmany familiar to fans of Baker Towersthese 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.
One woman's search for the truth after scandal rocks her family, and the explosive family secrets she uncovers, in this complex, moving novel from award-winning author Jennifer Haigh. In Faith, Jennifer Haigh explores the repercussions of one family's history of silence, when a priest's sex scandal forces his family's untold past to surface. Art, Sheila, and Mike are siblings in a large extended Irish-American family from the Boston suburbs. Though their father is a non-believer, their mother is lace curtain Irish-Catholic, having raised her children to keep family secrets just that - secret - in a home where most subjects are taboo. Sheila is concerned when Art, beloved priest leading a major Catholic parish outside Boston, seems to fall off the grid just days before Easter. Then the news breaks that he has been accused of sexual misconduct. The media coverage shatters the community and pits Art's family members against one another, leaving Sheila determined to uncover the truth and -she hopes - clear his name. Determined to help prove Art's innocence, Sheila finds herself locking horns with her younger brother, Mike, who cannot shake the feeling that Art might be guilty. By turns disturbed by what Art might have done and furious at the seemingly unfair accusations, the truth remains elusive for readers in this artfully crafted family drama.
It is the spring of 2002 and a perfect storm has hit Boston. Across the city's archdiocese, trusted priests have been accused of the worst possible betrayal of the souls in their care. In Faith, Jennifer Haigh explores the fallout for one devout family, the McGanns.Estranged for years from her difficult and demanding relatives, Sheila McGann has remained close to her older brother Art, the popular, dynamic pastor of a large suburban parish. When Art finds himself at the center of the maelstrom, Sheila returns to Boston, ready to fight for him and his reputation. What she discovers is more complicated than she imagined. Her strict, lace-curtain-Irish mother is living in a state of angry denial. Sheila's younger brother Mike, to her horror, has already convicted his brother in his heart. But most disturbing of all is Art himself, who persistently dodges Sheila's questions and refuses to defend himself.As the scandal forces long-buried secrets to surface, Faith explores the corrosive consequences of one family's history of silenceand the resilience its members ultimately find in forgiveness. Throughout, Haigh demonstrates how the truth can shatter our deepest beliefsand restore them. A gripping, suspenseful tale of one woman's quest for the truth, Faith is a haunting meditation on loyalty and family, doubt and belief. Elegantly crafted, sharply observed, this is Jennifer Haigh's most ambitious novel to date.
Beautiful, devastating and complex. Chicago TribuneThe award-winning debut novel from Jennifer Haigh, author of BakerTowers, The Condition, and Faith, tells the story of Birdie, Joan,and Dinah, three women who marry the same charismatic, predatory, and enigmaticopportunist: Ken Kimble. Resonating with emotional intensity and narrativeinnovation reminiscent of Ann Patchetts Bel Canto, Barbara Kingsolvers The Poisonwood Bible, and Zora Neale Hurstons TheirEyes Were Watching God, Haighs Mrs. Kimble is a timeless story ofgrief, passion, heartache, deception, and the complex riddle of love.