Baker Towers

Version: Unabridged
Author: Jennifer Haigh
Narrator: Anna Fields
Genres: Fiction & Literature
Publisher: HarperAudio
Published In: January 2005
# of Units: 7 CDs
Length: 9 hours
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Overview

In a stunning follow-up to her bestselling debut, Mrs. Kimble, Jennifer Haigh returns with Baker Towers, a compelling story of love and loss in a western Pennsylvania mining town in the years after World War II.

Born and raised on Bakerton's Polish Hill, the five Novak children come of age during wartime, a thrilling era when the world seems on the verge of changing forever. The oldest, Georgie, serves on a minesweeper in the South Pacific and glimpses life beyond Bakerton, a promising future he is determined to secure at all costs. His sister Dorothy takes a job in Washington, D.C., and finds she is unprepared for city life. Brilliant Joyce becomes the family's keystone, bitterly aware of the opportunities she might have had elsewhere. Sandy sails through life on his looks and charm, and Lucy, the volatile baby, devours the family's attention and develops a bottomless appetite for love.

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 the men and women we now call the Greatest Generation. This is a feat of imagination from an extraordinary new voice in American fiction, a writer of enormous power and skill.

Performed by Anna Fields

Reviews (1)

Bakertown

Written by Anonymous on May 5th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I enjoyed this and I found myself getting caught up in the story. I have a little trouble listening to Anna Fields tho...she switches her voice to match the characters and although she does an excellent job with that, for me her voice is hard to listen to...I've listened to several books that she has read, but I usually find that the stories are good and I get into them anyway. I got this one from the library and I enjoyed it, so I was looking for the prequel to listen to it, but didn't find that one in the audiobook collection.

Author Details

Author Details

Haigh, Jennifer

Jennifer Haigh is the author of the "New York Times" bestseller "Baker Towers", winner of the 2006 PEN/L. L. Winship Award for outstanding book by a New England author, and "Mrs. Kimble", which won the PEN/Hemingway Award for debut fiction and was a finalist for the Book Sense Book of the Year. Both novels were number one Book Sense picks. Her fiction has appeared in "Granta", "Ploughshares", "Good Housekeeping", and elsewhere. She lives in the Boston area.