Heat & Light: A Novel | Washington Independent Review of BooksHaigh writes about them, as she has in several novels set in the fictitious coal town of Bakerton, in the western part of the state. Haigh is an expertly nuanced storyteller long overdue for major attention. Her work is gripping, real and totally immersive, akin to that of writers as different as Richard Price , Richard Ford and Richard Russo. They are part of the stellar literary lineup of her admirers. With this book, she moves one big step closer to being in their league.
Light by Michael Grant - Book Review
Dark, sad, and beautiful. Instead, Haigh gets inside frackers, locals, and activists alike, finding flawed, warm individuals in all camps. The Pennsylvania native returns here to her fictional western Pennsylvania former coal town: Bakerton, a community of marginally sustainable farms above the alluring Marcellus Shale. Its depressed economy supports many bars, and a prison chock-full of drug offenders. Bakerton looks like low-hanging fruit for the fracking operatives who come to town to buy mineral rights and drill. And proves equally ripe for the academics and environmental activists who follow, zealous as tent revival preachers.
A beautifully written look behind the curtain of fracking and into the lives of those affected by it. We meet those who are enriched by the technology, who work the machines, who protest or publicize, and, most extensively, those who live on property atop the valuable shale.
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