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Baker Towers (2005) [Novel]
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Summary (From the publisher):

Bakerton is a company town built on coal, a town of church festivals and ethnic neighborhoods, hunters' breakfasts and firemen's parades. Its children are raised in company houses, three rooms upstairs, three rooms downstairs. Its ball club leads the coal company league. The 12 Baker mines offer good union jobs, and the looming black piles of mine dirt don't bother anyone. Called Baker Towers, they are local landmarks, clear evidence that the mines are booming. Baker Towers mean good wages and meat on the table, two weeks' paid vacation and presents under the Christmas tree.

The mines were not named for Bakerton; Bakerton was named for the mines. This is an important distinction. It explains the order of things.

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, a fragile beauty, takes a job in Washington, D.C., and finds she is unprepared for city life. Brilliant Joyce longs to devote herself to something of consequence but instead becomes the family's keystone, bitterly aware of the opportunities she might have had elsewhere. Sandy sails through life on looks and charm, and Lucy, the volatile baby, devours the family's attention and develops a bottomless appetite for love.

Original title: Baker Towers
Original languages: English

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Genre: FictionGeneral FictionTies That BindMultigenerational Sagas
FictionGeneral FictionRegional Interest

Edition #1: Baker Towers

Baker Towers (2005)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Blurbs:
  • "An elegant, elegiac multigenerational saga about a small coal-mining community in western Pennsylvania that shows how talented Haigh really is...Almost mythic in its ambition, somewhere between Oates and Updike country, and thoroughly satisfying." Kirkus Reviews
  • "Baker Towers is a novel possessing a rare, quiet power to evoke a time long past and the character of the people who lived then." Booklist
  • "Haigh uses evocative prose to create a picture of a company town, and of the human condition, that is both accurate and moving." Library Journal
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Baker Towers (February 2006)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Harper Perennial
ISBN: 9780060509422
Dimensions: 7.98 x 5.4 x 1.04
Pages: 368

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