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Heat and Light: A Novel by Jennifer Haigh
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Heat and Light: A Novel (2016)

by Jennifer Haigh

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Well done story about a community and the effects fracking has on it whether they leased their land or not. A very timely book especially where I live. So much that happens in the book is happening here and knowing people who have leased their land to the companies doing the fracking, I see the same thing happening here.

These are good characters. I liked the storylines for each of them. I wish Jess' would have ended better. I did not like Kip and his cronies. As long as the money was coming in, they never questioned or reined in Kip. I liked Rich's introspection as the end. Excellent reading. Worth your time. ( )
  Sheila1957 | Jun 1, 2017 |
Set in rural Pennsylvania this novel follows several families as they navigate their way through the conundrum of fracking. Told from multiple perspectives spanning decades it manages to not come off as contrived. The characters have depth and the story is overall well written and researched. A solid summer read or beach book. ( )
  SadieRuin | Feb 26, 2017 |
Excellent book. Interesting story and good characters. ( )
  shazjhb | Jan 9, 2017 |
A story about gas fracking in Pennsylvania, has potential but had too many separate stories going in it to allow me to be personally involved in the story. I found none of the characters likable. ( )
  brangwinn | Nov 14, 2016 |
Jennifer Haigh does a nice job here of bringing the western Pennsylvania fracking industry to a laymen's understanding, presenting various points of view through the lives and loves of different characters. The man family is the Devins. Richard is a prison guard employee, who decides to sign the lease to give the Darco company the rights to drill on his land for natural gas. This money could bring him the cash needed to finally farm the family homestead. His father, who now runs the local bar in town was one of the many people who lost work as the coal mines closed down. Haight's earlier work, Baker Towers, would be a nice but not necessary prerequisite to the lives of this community. Richard's wife, Shelby, fears that her daughter is unwell and this is exacerbated when their water supply starts to smell. Rich's brother, Darren , visits Bakerton and weighs in on this as well. It is a rate visit since his commitment to drug rehab counseling, a job he needs in order to keep his own addiction at bay. Other points of view include the local organic dairy farmers whose business may suffer, the nearby college professor, whose mission in life is to rally the locals against the destruction of the land, and even the CEO of the drilling company who suffers from the increasing costs and the unwanted lawsuits. Haigh does a nice job of not preaching a solution, but presenting a problem as it relates to the many characters whose subplots make for interesting reading. ( )
  novelcommentary | Aug 19, 2016 |
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