Please welcome to the Bookshop Jennifer Haigh, on Thursday, January 31st at 7 pm, reading from her collection of short stories, News From Heaven.
Long before she wrote such New York Times bestselling novels as Faith and The Condition, Jennifer Haigh was a passionate student and teacher, reader and writer, of the short story. Though widely published in magazines -- from The Atlantic Monthly and Granta to The Saturday Evening Post – her stories have never before appeared in book form. News from Heaven is a collection of ten new stories set in and around the fictionalized mining town of Bakerton, Pennsylvania – a world familiar to readers of Baker Towers, Haigh’s award-winning second novel, beloved by readers and critics alike.
Called “an expert natural storyteller with an acute sense of her characters’ humanity” (New York Times), and “a gifted chronicler of the human condition” (Washington Post Book World), Haigh has long been recognized for “a great gift for telling interwoven…stories” (Janet Maslin, New York Times Book Review). That talent is in full flower in News from Heaven, an honest and anguished portrait of a company town on an unsettling journey from boom to bust, where intimate secrets and public events collide with unexpected consequences.
A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Jennifer Haigh has been published in The Best American Short Stories 2012,won both the PEN/Hemingway Award for debut fiction and the PEN/Winship Award for outstanding book by a New England writer, and been named a finalist for Book Sense Book of the Year. Her books have been published in sixteen languages.