Baker Towers: A Novel

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Harper Collins, Mar 17, 2009 - Fiction - 368 pages
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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.


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User Review  - crazeedi73 - LibraryThing

4.5 stars. This was a very good book, I just wish the author would have developed the characters and sense of place more fully. A couple characters were developed rather well, others hardly at all. It could have been a fuller richer story. As it is I enjoyed it Read full review

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User Review  - pennsylady - LibraryThing

I truly enjoyed the evolution of family and community set in SW PA coal town following WW2. 1944 Polish Hill : Stanley (Polish) + Rose (Italian)........and so forth. Read full review


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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.

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