By Jennifer Haigh
(Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780060509422, 368pp.)
Publication Date: February 2006
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Bakerton is a community of company houses and church festivals, of union squabbles and firemen's parades. Its neighborhoods include Little Italy, Swedetown, and Polish Hill. For its tight-knit citizens -- and the five children of the Novak family -- the 1940s will be a decade of excitement, tragedy, and stunning change. 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 to the men and women we now call the Greatest Generation. It is a feat of imagination from an extraordinary voice in American fiction, a writer of enormous power and skill.
Jennifer Haigh is the author of four critically acclaimed novels, Faith; The Condition; Baker Towers, winner of the L.L. Winship/PEN New England Award for Fiction, and Mrs. Kimble, for which she won the PEN/Hemingway Award. Her short fiction has been published widely, including in The Atlantic, Granta, The Best American Short Stories 2012, and other publications. She lives in the Boston area.
“The living, breathing organism that is Haigh’s captivating book… [is an] effortlessly haunting story… [Haigh is] an expert natural storyteller.”
-New York Times
“Jennifer Haigh’s ambitious, elegiac second novel, Baker Towers [is]… a rich portrait of place.”
-Washington Post Book World
“An elegant, elegiac multigenerational saga. . . . Almost mythic in its ambition, somewhere between Oates and Updike country, and thoroughly satisfying.”
-Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“[Haigh] writes convincingly of family and small town relations, as well as of the intractable frustrations of American poverty.”
“Jennifer Haigh stakes a claim for a major breakout.”
“In clean, authoritative prose, Haigh uncannily injects new life into an era too often entombed by nostalgia.”
“A good old-fashioned read... the author deftly evokes the particulars of a time and place.”
-Harlan Coben, The Birmingham News
“Haigh’s writing is rich and mellifluous, and her story certainly has an old-fashioned charm and dignity to it.”
-The Times (London)
“A work that is quickly boosting [Haigh’s] ascension to the vanguard of 21st century American novelists.”
-Patriot Ledger (Quincy, MA)