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Heat and Light - A Novel

Jennifer Haigh

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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

Acclaimed New York Times bestselling author 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? Prison guard Rich Devlin leases his mineral rights to finance his dream of farming. He doesn't count on the truck traffic and nonstop noise, his brother's skepticism or the paranoia of his wife, Shelby, who insists the water smells strange and is poisoning their frail daughter. Meanwhile his neighbors, organic dairy farmers Mack and Rena, hold out against the drilling-until a passionate environmental activist disrupts their lives. Told through a cast of characters whose lives are increasingly bound by the opposing interests that underpin the national debate, Heat and Light depicts a community blessed and cursed by its natural resources. Soaring and ambitious, it zooms from drill rig to shareholders' meeting to the Three Mile Island nuclear reactor to the ruined landscape of the "strippins," haunting reminders of Pennsylvania's past energy booms. This is a dispatch from a forgotten America-a work of searing moral clarity from one of the finest writers of her generation, a courageous and necessary book.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Michael Rahhal, Allyson Ryan

Length:

14h 46m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:34


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:48


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

28:19


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

33:16


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

50:02


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

29:17


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

48:31


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

56:57


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

29:51


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

32:53


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

17:02


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

19:57


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:11


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

01:10:43


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

38:53


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

31:44


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

09:49


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

36:40


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

30:14


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

24:16


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

14:46


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

13:08


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

33:52


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

17:48


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

09:58


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

22:46


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

44:04


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

27:45


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

19:05


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

18:05


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:18


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:55


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

55:14


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

01:05