Baker Towers

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Baker Towers

By Jennifer Haigh

Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780060509422, 368pp.

Publication Date: February 1, 2006


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.

Praise For Baker Towers

“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.”
-Publishers Weekly

“Jennifer Haigh stakes a claim for a major breakout.”
-Publishers Weekly

“In clean, authoritative prose, Haigh uncannily injects new life into an era too often entombed by nostalgia.”
-Entertainment Weekly

“A good old-fashioned read... the author deftly evokes the particulars of a time and place.”
-Daily News

-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)