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Author: Jennifer Haigh Narrator: Therese Plummer, Cynthia Darlow, Alexander Cendese, Christian Baskous Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Bakerton Series Release Date: January 2013 ISBN: 9780062263049
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In News from Heaven, Jennifer Haigh—bestselling author of Faith and The Condition—returns to the territory of her acclaimed novel Baker Towers with a collection of short stories set in and around the fictionalized coal-mining town of Bakerton, Pennsylvania.

Exploring themes of restlessness, regret, redemption and acceptance, Jennifer Haigh depicts men and women of different generations shaped by dreams and haunted by disappointments. 

Janet Maslin of the New York Times has called Haigh's Bakerton stories "utterly, entrancingly alive on the page," comparable to Richard Russo's Empire Falls.

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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 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.”


  • “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

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  • 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 | 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 | 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 | 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. "

About the Author

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

Thérèse Plummer is an actor, award-winning voice-over artist, and counselor. She is a winner of several AudioFile Earphones Awards and has been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. She has appeared in a variety of television and film roles. As a counselor for adolescents, she spent five years using drama therapy techniques in individual and group settings.

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.

Alexander Cendese is a New York–based actor and narrator whose credits include roles on and off Broadway, in films, and on popular television shows, including Law & Order: SVU and All My Children. He holds a BFA from the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama.

Christian Baskous is an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator. His 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 & Order, Swan’s Crossing, and Swift Justice.