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: A Novel…
— 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)
Harper Perennial, 9780060509422, 368pp.
Publication Date: December 27, 2005
About the Author
Jennifer Haigh is the author of the short-story collection News from Heaven and four critically acclaimed novels: Faith, The Condition, Baker Towers, and Mrs. Kimble. Her books have won both the PEN/Hemingway Award for debut fiction and the PEN/L.L. Winship Award for work by a New England writer. Her short fiction has been published widely, in The Atlantic, Granta, The Best American Short Stories, and many other places. She lives in Boston.