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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,904 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jennifer Haigh Narrator: Anna Fields Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2004 ISBN:
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In a stunning follow-up to her best-selling debut, Mrs. Kimble, Jennifer Haigh returns with Baker Towers, a compelling story of love and loss in a western Pennsylvania mining town in the years after World War II.

Born and raised on Bakerton's Polish Hill, the five Novak children come of age during wartime, a thrilling era when the world seems on the verge of changing forever. The oldest, Georgie, serves on a minesweeper in the South Pacific and glimpses life beyond Bakerton, a promising future he is determined to secure at all costs. His sister Dorothy takes a job in Washington, D.C., and finds she is unprepared for city life. Brilliant Joyce becomes the family's keystone, bitterly aware of the opportunities she might have had elsewhere. Sandy sails through life on his looks and charm, and Lucy, the volatile baby, devours the family's attention and develops a bottomless appetite for love.

Baker Towers is a family saga and a love story, a hymn to a time and place long gone, to America's industrial past and the men and women we now call the Greatest Generation. This is a feat of imagination from an extraordinary new voice in American fiction, a writer of enormous power and skill.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 2/19/2014

    " This is Western Pennsylvania historical fiction :) I loved it because there are so many similarities to my family and my childhood. Loved the characters and I like how the author told part of the story through each of the characters. I enjoyed Jennifer Haigh's book Faith last year and I didn't know that she was a daughter of Polish immigrants that came to work in the coal mines and steel mills. I can't wait to read more from her. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dee | 2/14/2014

    " I read this for a book group. It was a story of a family growing up in a mining town in Pennsylvania. We really enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kkop12 | 2/12/2014

    " I liked this book enough that I stuck with it and looked forward to finding out what would happen to each of the characters. But in the end I found that I was left feeling that some of the characters were underdeveloped. I wanted more. I liked how the author let you live inside each of the characters for a brief amount of time, but again I didn't feel like it was enough time. The story begins with the father dying. He is one voice I missed in this story. The setting was interesting to me and I felt that I really got a clear picture of a mining town in Pennsylvania. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 2/10/2014

    " Enjoyable read. The different cultures and characters of this mining town kept my interest throughout. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kendra | 2/9/2014

    " Haunting is the word to describe this book! It will stay with you long after you have read it. The characters are very unique but still believable and the author gives the reader a realistic picture about life in this time period. Baker Towers is bittersweet and historical fiction at it's best! I will reread this book again! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 2/8/2014

    " This book depicts the rise and fall of a western Pennsylvania coal town in the years following World War II. I thoroughly enjoyed following the characters & was very sorry when I reached the end. This book somehow "hit the spot". I even searched to see if there was a sequel. The narrator is one of my favorites, Anna Fields. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nora | 1/31/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. It's simple and satisfying with a focus on women characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Audrey | 1/29/2014

    " I thought it was great. Looking forward to reading the sequel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy Wilks | 1/20/2014

    " I love books that take you through decades of people's lives. Baker Towers is very well-written, believable, and character-driven. You really feel as though the characters are real and can relate to their sorrows and joys. I appreciate that this book has short sections and frequent breaks, instead of lengthy chapters that drone on and on. Plus, it's set in a small town near Altoona, PA, close to home with references to places that I know and love. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debby | 1/19/2014

    " As the granddaughter of coal miners and a resident of any coal mining town in PA, Jennifer Haigh got it exactly right. A book to savor and enjoy for those who lived in this world and for anyone who wants to know what that was like. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 1/18/2014

    " World War II/ Steel/ Coal industry era historical fiction "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roz Duncan | 12/23/2013

    " Nothing earth shattering in this book, but what a well written story. Very intimate story of 2 generations of a family growing up in a small coal mining town. I was attached at the hip to this book from start to finish "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steven Beeber | 11/5/2013

    " She just keeps getting better!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 David | 10/27/2013

    " Jennifer Haigh missed the opportunity to explore life in a coal mining/ company town during the mid-twentieth century more fully by putting too much focus on the characters' sex lives. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Debra | 10/27/2013

    " A quick read and geave me a sense of life in a PA mining town in the 1930's, 40's, and 50's but I felt that the characters were largely one dimensional. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanne | 10/23/2013

    " a family, a town and the ordinary parts of life during the early to mid 20th century. really liked it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 8/22/2013

    " interesting look into a mining town family, a story you don't really hear very often. So many rich characters, but not a lot of a story line, more a chronical of years. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ann | 6/29/2013

    " Predictable story of secretaries working in DC during WWII. Didn't like it much but reviews were good so maybe it was just me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristine | 1/19/2013

    " This is a must read for anyone who grew up in Pittsburgh, PA! Jennifer Haigh is an excellent novelist and really brings her characters to life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melanie Moore | 5/28/2012

    " Thank heavens this book had a good ending. I enjoyed reading it but there were many unhappy characters. You suffer along with them through their lives so I was delighted for a happy ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 5/24/2012

    " I quite liked this one. Review forthcoming. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tara Totoro Rugg | 5/19/2012

    " It took me a little bit to get into this book, but once I did I enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 5/17/2012

    " I love Jennifer Haigh. Two more left to read, and I can't wait. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet | 3/19/2012

    " Growning up in an Italian household with relatives who married into Polish households, and being very familiar with central / western PA, I could relate. Very enjoyable though slow at times "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky | 3/5/2012

    " Interesting character studies. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 1/1/2012

    " I loved this book. It takes place where my mother's side of my family comes from in Pennsylvania, and my great grandmother's side of the family even gets a mention. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gabrielle | 9/12/2011

    " This is a three not because it's bad - It's very plot-driven, it's kind of a portrait of lives in a small coal mining town. But the writing is nothing special. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erica | 5/18/2011

    " An excellent piece of historical fiction that follows one family and one town thru a generation, starting in the 1940's. A great read of America's industrial past and the ethnic/cultural histories of the "company towns" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 5/13/2011

    " This book is so good "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jody | 3/29/2011

    " Loved getting pulled into the lives of the main characters! Definitely an interesting and fun historical fiction piece. I recommend it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nora | 3/3/2011

    " I read this for book club and really couldn't figure out what the author was trying to show us except the lives of an unhappy family. It was gloomy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cliona | 2/21/2011

    " I enjoyed this book about a mining town in Pennsylvania in the 1950s but it was not as good as Mrs. Kimble.
    Would I recommend it to my friends - not really. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erica | 1/12/2011

    " An excellent piece of historical fiction that follows one family and one town thru a generation, starting in the 1940's. A great read of America's industrial past and the ethnic/cultural histories of the "company towns" "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tamara | 1/7/2011

    " I learned a lot about coal mining towns from this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 JewPunk | 12/18/2010

    " She just keeps getting better!!
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jordan | 11/19/2010

    " Love Jennifer Haigh! Clean writing, good pace, great characters...read her! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Clarissa | 11/9/2010

    " Terribly boring with no plot; depressing to boot. I picked this up off the "Librarian Recommendation" shelf. I'm not likely to look there for books to read in the future. "

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About the Author
Author Jennifer Haigh

Jennifer Haigh is the author of the New York Times bestseller Baker Towers, winner of the 2006 L. L. Winship / PEN New England Award; Mrs. Kimble, winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award for debut fiction and finalist for the Book Sense Book of the Year; and The Condition. Her fiction has appeared in Granta, Ploughshares, Good Housekeeping, and elsewhere. She lives in the Boston area.

About the Narrator

Kate Fleming (a.k.a. Anna Fields) (1965–2006), winner of more than a dozen Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award in 2004, was one of the most respected narrators in the industry. Trained at the Actors Theatre of Louisville, she was also a director, producer, and technician at her own studio, Cedar House Audio.