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Heat and Light: A Novel
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Jennifer Haigh is the author of the short-story collection News from Heaven and four critically acclaimed novels: Faith, The Condition, Baker Towers, and Mrs. Kimble. Her books have won both the PEN/Hemingway Award for debut fiction and the PEN/L.L. Winship Award for work by a New England writer. Her short fiction has been published widely, in The Atlantic, Granta, The Best American Short Stories, and many other places. She lives in Boston.

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"Ms. 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...With this book, she moves one big step closer to being in their league." -- Janet Maslin, New York Times "We finally have a novel - and a novelist - whose ambitions match the scale of this subject...a tour-de-force of multiple point-of-view narration...DeLillo-esque...Haigh's achievement in this expansive, gripping novel is to delineate the ways in which we are all connected, for better and worse. -- The Washington Post The novel is not an environmental treatise masked as fiction; rather, it's a perfectly paced rendering of the intertwined characters' personal stories. Haigh smoothly switches between past and present, fully exposing that, indeed, the past is not even past. This is a must-read... -- Booklist (starred review) "Each page glimmers...Sweeping yet intimate, Heat and Light is an exemplar of fiction's capacity to awaken us to truth." -- O, the Oprah Magazine "Paragraph by paragraph, the prose is full of marvelous texture and material sensation. Heat and Light is an intricate and ambitious novel, firmly grounded in history and our time. The narrator's encyclopedic knowledge and keen insights about the physical world and social life make the novel a thrilling page turner." -- Ha Jin, National Book Award-winning author of WAITING "...a stunning book, a grand book, a book of old-fashioned power and scale...it takes aim at power and greed, plunder and the profit motive, the rapacity inherent in the American Dream and the complicity of its victims..This is an unsparing book, and one that sings." -- Joshua Ferris, author of THEN WE CAME TO THE END "Heat and Light is a riveting panoramic tale keying... In the spirit of Don DeLillo's Underworld and the novels of Dana Spiotta and Rachel Kushner...a greyhound of a novel; smart, sharp, hyper precise, and near incantatory in its momentum." -- Richard Price "Heat and Light achieves pure novelistic virtuosity. It's brilliant beginning to end." -- Richard Ford

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