Title: News from Heaven
Author: Jennifer Haigh
Genre: Short Stories
Source: Review copy from publisher
In these interconnected short stories, generations of people from Bakerton, Pennsylvania live their lives, which are not always easy.
News from Heaven is mostly sad, but honestly so. There were some stories I didn’t care that much for and some I absolutely adored. Characters reappear in stories as the the tale weaves its way through the years.
I have not read anything else Haigh has set in Bakerton, but I was not at a disadvantage. The feel of the town is apparent early on in the book. The people of Bakerton all mostly seem down on their luck, living in a dying town, no longer supported by the Baker Brothers’ mines that once employed the men.
News from Heaven is similar to Olive Kitteridge – I’d recommend it to any fan of short stories in small towns.
I just finished this one and liked it a lot. Haigh’s writing is really beautiful to me.
As I was reading this, I never realized that it definitely WAS similar to Olive Kitteridge (except I liked this one much better).
I recently read Haigh’s FAITH and highly recommend it. She does such a wonderful job with character – so complex. Will have to check this one out, too!