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News from heaven : the Bakerton stories
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Set in Bakerton, Pennsylvania, the company town that was the setting of Jennifer Haigh's award-winning bestseller Baker Towers, News From Heaven explores how our roots, the families and places in which we are raised, shape the people we eventually become. Through a series of connected stories, Haigh brilliantly portrays teh close-knit community from its heyday during two world wars to its decline in the final years of the 20th century.
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In this collection of interlinked short stories, Haigh returns to Bakerton, Pennsylvania, and the characters she created for Baker Towers (2005). As the once prosperous mining town crumbles around the residents, family secrets are uncovered, lessons are learned, and the inhabitants seem to discover that the world around them is not the sum of the world, indeed. Beast and Bird finds a young woman working as a maid to a Jewish family in New York City a very different kind of place from her family's farm in Pennsylvania. Something Sweet follows a spinster teacher and her star pupil, a young man who is adored by the girls but beaten by his male classmates for being different. And in What Remains, the town sees the last remaining heir to the Baker Brothers coal mines suffer an ignoble death. Haigh has a gift for creating believable characters of all kinds and placing them into realistic often heartbreaking situations. A must-read for fans of Baker Towers and a good addition to all short story collections.--Vnuk, Rebecca Copyright 2010 Booklist
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