News from Heaven

News from Heaven


Now, in this collection of interconnected short stories, Jennifer Haigh returns to the vividly imagined world of Bakerton, Pennsylvania, a coal mining town rocked by decades of painful transition.   From its heyday during two World Wars through its slow decline, Bakerton is a town that refuses to give up gracefully, binding—sometimes cruelly—succeeding generations to the place that made them.  A young woman glimpses a world both strange and familiar when she becomes a live-in maid for a Jewish family in New York City. A long-absent brother makes a sudden and tragic homecoming.  A solitary middle-aged woman tastes unexpected love when a young man returns to town. With a revolving cast of characters—many familiar to fans of Baker Towers—these stories explore how our roots, the families and places in which we are raised, shape the people we eventually become.

News from Heaven looks unflinchingly at the conflicting human desires for escape and for connection, and explores the enduring hold of home.

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  • 001 News from Heaven
    Duration: 55s
  • 002 Beast and Bird
    Duration: 53min
  • 003 Something Sweet
    Duration: 40min
  • 004 Broken Star
    Duration: 53min
  • 005 A Place in the Sun
    Duration: 35min
  • 006 To the Stars
    Duration: 44min
  • 007 Thrift
    Duration: 51min
  • 008 Favorite Son
    Duration: 25min
  • 009 The Bottom of Things
    Duration: 59min
  • 010 What Remains
    Duration: 57min
  • 011 Desiderata
    Duration: 41min
  • 012 Credits
    Duration: 01min
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