Heat and light book review
Fiction Book Review: Heat and Light by Jennifer Haigh. Ecco, $ (p) ISBNA beautifully written look behind the curtain of fracking and into the lives of those affected by it. We meet those who are enriched by the technology, who work the machines, who protest or publicize, and, most extensively, those who live on property atop the valuable shale. Haigh wrote about coal mining in Baker Towers and sets her new story in the same fictional town in Western Pennsylvania. Bakerton once thrived, but with the fall of coal, it drifted into poverty. But cyclically, periodically, its innards are of interest. Bore it, strip it, set it on fire, a burnt offering to the collective need.
Heat & Light
Haigh writes about them, as she has in several novels set in the fictitious coal town of Bakerton, in the western part of the state. Haigh is an expertly nuanced storyteller long overdue for major attention. Her work is gripping, real and totally immersive, akin to that of writers as different as Richard Price , Richard Ford and Richard Russo. They are part of the stellar literary lineup of her admirers. With this book, she moves one big step closer to being in their league.
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