Heat and Light

Heat and Light


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 the mines closed, and the town wore away like a bar of soap. Now Bakerton has been granted a surprise third act: it sits squarely atop the Marcellus Shale, a massive deposit of natural gas.

To drill or not to drill? Prison guard Rich Devlin leases his mineral rights to finance his dream of farming. He doesn’t count on the truck traffic and nonstop noise, his brother’s skepticism or the paranoia of his wife, Shelby, who insists the water smells strange and is poisoning their frail daughter. Meanwhile his neighbors, organic dairy farmers Mack and Rena, hold out against the drilling—until a passionate environmental activist disrupts their lives.

Told through a cast of characters whose lives are increasingly bound by the opposing interests that underpin the national debate, Heat and Light depicts a community blessed and cursed by its natural resources. Soaring and ambitious, it zooms from drill rig to shareholders’ meeting to the Three Mile Island nuclear reactor to the ruined landscape of the “strippins,” haunting reminders of Pennsylvania’s past energy booms. This is a dispatch from a forgotten America—a work of searing moral clarity from one of the finest writers of her generation, a courageous and necessary book.

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  • 001 Heat and Light
    Duration: 32s
  • 002 Our decision about
    Duration: 05min
  • 003 The Point of Dynamism - The first truck
    Duration: 28min
  • 004 The shareholders meet
    Duration: 33min
  • 005 Welcome to Nowhere - Chapter 01
    Duration: 50min
  • 006 Shelby brushes Olivia's hair
    Duration: 29min
  • 007 Chapter 02
    Duration: 48min
  • 008 Chapter 03
    Duration: 56min
  • 009 Chapter 04
    Duration: 29min
  • 010 Normal Accidents - It is a work of genius
    Duration: 32min
  • 011 In the Dairy Queen
    Duration: 17min
  • 012 They're all
    Duration: 19min
  • 013 The press attach
    Duration: 05min
  • 014 Not in My Back Yard - Chapter 05
    Duration: 01h10min
  • 015 Chapter 06
    Duration: 38min
  • 016 Chapter 07
    Duration: 31min
  • 017 The criminal
    Duration: 09min
  • 018 Chapter 08
    Duration: 36min
  • 019 According to Dick Devlin
    Duration: 30min
  • 020 The Boy in the Bubble - 1988
    Duration: 24min
  • 021 1992
    Duration: 14min
  • 022 2004
    Duration: 13min
  • 023 2005
    Duration: 33min
  • 024 The Collective Need - Chapter 09
    Duration: 17min
  • 025 Pastor Jess's car
    Duration: 09min
  • 026 Chapter 10
    Duration: 22min
  • 027 The night is very dark
    Duration: 44min
  • 028 Chapter 11
    Duration: 27min
  • 029 The point of dynamism
    Duration: 19min
  • 030 When Rena pulls up
    Duration: 18min
  • 031 The nights are getting cooler
    Duration: 04min
  • 032 Afterlife - A soundstage
    Duration: 04min
  • 033 Winter comes early
    Duration: 55min
  • 034 Credits
    Duration: 01min
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    Duration: 01min