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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, Thérèse Plummer, Alexander Cendese, Christian Baskous Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Bakerton Series Release Date:
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The bestselling author of Faith and The Condition returns with a collection of unforgettable short stories inspired by a Pennsylvania coal-mining town and the people who call it home.

When her iconic novel Baker Towers was published in 2005, it was hailed as a modern classic—“compassionate and powerful…a song of praise for a too-little-praised part of America, for the working families whose toils and constancy have done so much to make the country great” (Chicago Tribune). Its young author, Jennifer Haigh, was “an expert natural storyteller with an acute sense of her characters’ humanity” (New York Times).

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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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