Thursday, January 7, 2016

Book Review-Baker Towers





I don't usually read historical fiction, but I picked one up recently called Baker Towers by Jennifer Haigh.  It follows the lives of 5 children in Bakerton PA, a small mining town, starting in the 1940s.  At the start of the book Stanley Novak, coal miner and father of 5, dies shortly after returning home from work.  His wife, Rose, is left to raise the children.  George, the oldest, is already away from home serving in the armed forces.  Dorothy is about to graduate from high school, Joyce is a few years younger.  Sandy is in grade school and Lucy is an infant.  Without their father around, Sandy becomes a bit wild and Joyce takes on the role of the second parent-making sure that Sandy and Lucy go to school.  All the children think that they want to move away from Bakerton.  Some move away and then come back.  Some make good choices, others not so much.
This was not an edge of your seat type of book.  The story moved at a leisurely pace.  The reader was able to see each child's perspective on living in or away from Bakerton.  I would recommend it to people who like family sagas.

Baker Towers
Baker Towers
By Haigh, Jennifer
2006-02 - Harper Perennial
9780060509422 Check Our Catalog
The author of "Mrs. Kimble" returns with an emotionally rich and evocative exploration of community, love, and family set in a western Pennsylvania coal town in the years following World War II. …More


Other books by the same author.


Heat and Light
Heat and Light
By Haigh, Jennifer
2016-05 - Ecco Press
9780061763298 Check Our Catalog

Acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Haigh returns to the Pennsylvania town at the center of her iconic novel Baker Towers in this ambitious, achingly human story of modern America and the conflicting forces at its heart a bold, moving drama of hope and desperation, greed and power, big business and small-town families.
Forty years ago, Bakerton coal fueled the country. Then …More


Mrs. Kimble
Mrs. Kimble
By Haigh, Jennifer
2005-12 - Harper Perennial
9780060858780 Check Our Catalog
In her masterful first novel, Haigh delivers the compelling story of three women who marry the same man--an enigmatic opportunist name Ken Kimble. …More


The Condition
The Condition
By Haigh, Jennifer
2009-06 - Harper Perennial
9780060755799 Check Our Catalog
The long-awaited third novel from the bestselling, award-winning author of "Mrs. Kimble" and "Baker Towers" explores the immutable bonds of family witnessed through one turbulent year in the lives of the McKotches. …More


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The Secret Wisdom of the Earth
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9781455551927 Check Our Catalog
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After seeing the death of his younger brother in a terrible home accident, fourteen-year-old Kevin and his grieving mother are sent for the summer to live with Kevin's
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The Hollow Ground
The Hollow Ground
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9781250041982 Check Our Catalog
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