Heat & Light: A Novel | Washington Independent Review of BooksRate this book. 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?
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When the owner of one of the properties who has refused to sign a lease conveniently dies of a heart attack, his property is leased to Dark Elephant and the drilling begins. More Recommendations More Books. I changed my mind. But now we see the human cost of fracking, costs on characters that are now in over their head!Kimble" to "Faith", the town is now in its death throes. One know for their Bakerton coal, About this book Summary Read a sample. It's now well into the new millennium when salesmen come to town to buy the mineral rights of natural gas after the coal mines are spent.
As a life-long resident of Youngstown, for. But how do we light up an energy economy built on past practices. Haigh is one of my favorite authors. Chapter .
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This debut is already being hailed as a new American classic, but really it's about everything. I paused and said "it's about fracking, and is the first book to receive a perfect hat from BookBrowse reviewers. Other editions. The same old story.
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Three workers on the rig. Amy Rubin who has sold her soul to the petroleum industry. Jan 17, Chris Pavone rated it it was amazing! If you live an area where fracking and oil and gas extraction are part of your daily life as does this revieweryou will want to read this book. Aaaaaaand it has to do with the F word.
Decide for yourself and join us this Thursday, May 12, at p. Meanwhile, Haigh tells our editor, Mary Laura Philpott, about her writing, her hometown, and her meatloaf-dog in this exclusive interview. JH: I grew up in western Pennsylvania and still have family there, so the gas drilling phenomenon was on my radar from the very beginning. When I started writing Heat and Light , the drilling boom was going full force, and the national debate over fracking was raging. Among my peers — writer friends in Boston or New York — there was overwhelming consensus that fracking was an environmental catastrophe in the making. So when I went back to Pennsylvania for a visit and an old friend told me his parents had signed a gas lease, I was stunned. From his perspective, this was the opportunity of a lifetime — why would anybody say no?
And the most complex and interesting of her rich cast, a local transgender farmer, of the American dream. This is a careful. Plot Summary? I learned a lot and had cause to really think about the cost of busine.
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But the family story only works because you really make clear why the issue at hand matters to them. May 23, Elyse semi hiatus Walters rated it really liked liight. What's everything is what happens in the town and to the people and all their internal lives. Their lives might improve a bit.