Heat And Light: A Novel by Jennifer HaighHeat And Light: A Novel by Jennifer Haigh

Heat And Light: A Novel

byJennifer Haigh

Paperback | February 28, 2017

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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.

Jennifer Haigh was born in Barnesboro, Pennsylvania. She attended Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania and earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Iowa Writers' Workshop in 2002. Her novel, Mrs. Kimble, won the PEN/Hemingway Award for outstanding debut fiction in 2003. Her other works include Baker Towers, which won the 200...
Title:Heat And Light: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1.01 inPublished:February 28, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061763497

ISBN - 13:9780061763496

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent This is a beautifully written novel, with nuanced characters, that feels like a glimpse into the real lives of people who are trying to make the best choices in an imperfect world.
Date published: 2017-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love, love, LOVE! I honestly bough this book purely on impulse, due to its eye catching cover and attention grabbing summary. The retelling of a real historical event through the eyes of several different characters is fascinating, as well as the beautifully rich, and almost poetic, words by which the story is told by. Very good read.
Date published: 2016-12-03

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Heat and Light achieves pure novelistic virtuosity. It’s brilliant beginning to end.”