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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (372 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jennifer Haigh Narrator: various narrators, Cynthia Darlow, Therese Plummer, Thérèse Plummer, Alexander Cendese, Christian Baskous Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Bakerton Series Release Date: January 2013 ISBN: 9780062263049
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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, binding—sometimes cruelly—succeeding 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 characters—many familiar to fans of Baker Towers—these 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The characters in Jennifer Haigh’s News from Heaven are so vividly drawn, the inner lives revealed so deftly, with such intelligence and sympathy, that fictional Bakerton, Pennsylvania, takes on the additional weight of, say, Winesburg, Ohio.” 

    Richard Russo, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Empire Falls 

  • “Jennifer Haigh has accomplished what James Joyce did in Dubliners and Sherwood Anderson in Winesburg, Ohio: render a place with such exactitude the landscape, character, and fate are inextricably linked. One of America’s finest novelists, Haigh is now one of our finest short story writers as well.”

    Ron Rash, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Jennifer Haigh’s stories rove across time and cultures as easily as they render the tendernesses and longings and hardscrabble deprivations of home. News from Heaven is well-named, given that its unsentimental compassion and observational acuity...is just what we need right now.”

    Jim Shepard, author of Like You’d Understand, Anyway

  • “Haigh has a gift for creating believable characters of all kinds and placing them into realistic—often heartbreaking—situations...A good addition to all short story collections.”

    Booklist

  • “This collection of short stories shows depth, understanding, and compassion...Haigh’s narratives are beautifully realized stories of heartbreak, of qualified love, and of economic as well as personal depression.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A Kirkus Reviews “New and Notable Title” in January 2013

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 2/20/2014

    " Nicely written book of short stories, left me wanting more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 2/15/2014

    " Such lovely, tender stories. I enjoyed them very much, even though I haven't read Baker Towers so wasn't familiar with the Bakerton setting or the characters. That lack of context didn't matter at all. The stories stand beautifully on their own. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 2/9/2014

    " A wonderful book of short stories all connected to the town of Bakerton, PA, a fictional coal mining town consisting of the owners, the miners and their families, rural families, and school personnel----all ordinary people facing common situations. Very well written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 2/3/2014

    " This is a collection of short stories that are loosely related either by blood relation or the town of Bakerton. The writing is beautiful and concise. Each story is powerful on its own. My only complaint is that I didn't get it. Maybe they were simply snapshots and aren't supposed to collectively give a bigger picture but some of the stories are so pointless I struggled with trying to make sense of them. I simply like more common threads for my likings. Haigh is an amazing writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andi | 2/2/2014

    " Jennifer Haigh may be one of my favorite writers, she paints word pictures that, if you grew up during a certain time and place feel more like memories. I feel that I know the people she writes about, I grew up with them, loved some of them, and in some instances couldn't wait to get away from them. Dorothy, Joyce, Sandy, keep those Bakertown stories coming, they are wonderful! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 1/20/2014

    " jennifer Haigh wrote a collection of stories from her hometown, a small mining town in Western PA. (not far from my hometown.) Names and streets are familiar as are common circumstances growing up in a close knit community. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 1/17/2014

    " You can read my review here. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lenore | 11/4/2013

    " Love short stories and this book is no different. Loved her other Baker books, it feels like a visit to a familiar place. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barb | 10/22/2013

    " Several short stories with connecting characters, revolving around the ficitonal town of Bakerton that was featured in her novel "Baker Towers". "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gayle | 6/2/2013

    " This book is an extended epilogue to Haigh's novel, Bakers Towers, written as short stories. I would probably have liked it more if I had read Baker's Towers more recently, with the characters and storyline fresher in my memory. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen Raskin | 5/30/2013

    " I'm not a fan of short stories. but I knew this author was a good writer so I thought I'd give it a chance. Despite the good writing, though, I viewed each story as "fine" but not enough. Forgettable for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zella | 5/30/2013

    " So good; I was just sorry when each story, and then the book, was finished. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bree Hobgood | 4/23/2013

    " I am usually more of a novel fan than a lover of short stories, but I really enjoyed the intertwining stories of the lives of people in Bakerton, PA. Spanning the last century, each story expertly embodied a time/place in this town's history. What a fun read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Arlene Agree | 4/15/2013

    " I thought each story was beautiful on its own. I guess I don't love short stories though. I wanted there to be more of a connection between them. I really do love how she writes. "

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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 Narrators

Cynthia Darlow’s unusual voice makes her devotion to the spoken arts a natural fit. As a narrator and veteran of Broadway, off-Broadway, regional theater, film, and television, her characterizations and facility with dialects are unforgettable. Her audiobook narrations have earned her seven AudioFile Earphones Awards. She is a member of The Actors Company Theatre (TACT), whose mission it is to present concert performances of long-neglected, language-driven plays.

Thérèse Plummer is an actor, award-winning voice-over artist, and counselor. She is a four-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award for audio narration. She has appeared in a variety of television and film roles, and, as counselor for adolescents, she spent five years using drama therapy techniques in individual and group settings.

Thérèse Plummer is an actor, award-winning voice-over artist, and counselor. She is a four-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award for audio narration. She has appeared in a variety of television and film roles, and, as counselor for adolescents, she spent five years using drama therapy techniques in individual and group settings.

Alexander Cendese is an actor and voice-over artist who earned his BFA in acting from Carnegie Mellon University. He has appeared in such television shows as Law & Order, One Life to Live, Body of Proof, and The Bedford Diaries. As a voice actor he has worked extensively in audiobook narration, reading books by Brian Yansky and F. Paul Wilson, among others.

Christian Baskous has won three AudioFile Earphones Awards for narration. He is an actor whose theatrical credits include numerous roles in the New York Shakespeare Festival, Circle in the Square, the Kennedy Center, and Theater for the New City, as well as other regional theaters. His film and television work includes appearances in Glory, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Law and Order, Swan’s Crossing, and Swift Justice.