In a stunning follow-up to her best-selling debut, Mrs. Kimble, Jennifer Haigh returns with Baker Towers, a compelling story of love and loss in a western Pennsylvania mining town in the years after World War II.Born and raised on Bakerton's Polish Hill, the five Novak children come of age during wartime, a thrilling era when the world seems on the verge of changing forever. The oldest, Georgie, serves on a minesweeper in the South Pacific and glimpses life beyond Bakerton, a promising future he is determined to secure at all costs. His sister Dorothy takes a job in Washington, D.C., and finds she is unprepared for city life. Brilliant Joyce becomes the family's keystone, bitterly aware of the opportunities she might have had elsewhere. Sandy sails through life on his looks and charm, and Lucy, the volatile baby, devours the family's attention and develops a bottomless appetite for love.
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 the men and women we now call the Greatest Generation. This is a feat of imagination from an extraordinary new voice in American fiction, a writer of enormous power and skill.
"Rich, enveloping....This novel abounds with satisfyingly real and vivid individuals." (The New York Times)
"[Haigh] writes convincingly of family and smalltown relations, as well as of the intractable frustrations of American poverty." (Publishers Weekly)
"Baker Towers is a novel possessing a rare, quiet power to evoke a time long past and the character of the people who lived then." (Booklist)
"An elegant, elegiac multigenerational saga....Almost mythic in its ambition, somewhere between Oates and Updike country, and thoroughly satisfying." (Kirkus Reviews)
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