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Jennifer Haigh

Author of Mrs Kimble

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About the Author

Jennifer Haigh was born in Barnesboro, Pennsylvania. She attended Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania and earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Iowa Writers' Workshop in 2002. Her novel, Mrs. Kimble, won the PEN/Hemingway Award for outstanding debut fiction in 2003. Her other works show more include Baker Towers, which won the 2006 PEN/L. L. Winship Award for outstanding book by a New England author, The Condition, and Faith. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

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Works by Jennifer Haigh

Mrs Kimble (2003) 1,210 copies
The Condition (2008) 1,045 copies
Faith (2011) 856 copies
Baker Towers (2005) 768 copies
Heat and Light (2016) 315 copies
Mercy Street (2022) 264 copies
Zenith Man (2019) 22 copies
The Boy Vanishes (2012) 8 copies
Paramour 1 copy
Ploughshares Spring 2017 (2017) — Guest Editor — 1 copy
Flora 1 copy

Associated Works

The Best American Short Stories 2012 (2012) — Contributor — 349 copies
Granta 103: The Rise of the British Jihad (2008) — Contributor, some editions — 106 copies


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An extremely engaging read about the defenses that we have to protect us when dealing with others. It is ultimately about each person's condition -- the bits of them that keep them from being completely fulfilled and the fundamental weaknesses that define personalities.

Simultaneous to the extremely moving emotional story is an extremely well-researched scientific one. In my career I have met several girls & women with Turner's syndrome & every bit of Gwen's story rang true. Similarly, I have met several scientists and doctors & the personalities of Billy and Frank and the details of their professional lives down to the minutia was done sincerely. Each character is well-rounded, likeable, flawed and ultimately believable, which is the true strength of the novel.… (more)
settingshadow | 61 other reviews | Aug 19, 2023 |
Engrossing and tense novel centering on a women's reproductive health care clinic located on Mercy Street in Boston during the punishing winter of 2015. The characterizations, particularly of Claudia, a clinic worker and main character, but also of the other main characters, are strong and believable. Claudia is passionate about her job but the bad parts of it -- the patients she can't help, or won't let themselves be helped, the constant and intimidating presence of anti-abortion protestors, coupled with her somewhat unsuccessful attempts to erase her past life and unconventional upbringing, are taking a severe toll on her emotional health. The story illustrates the dark forces surrounding the anti-abortion and white supremacist movements and how they menace the rest of society. It was hard to read, but hard to put down.

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Octavia78 | 13 other reviews | Jul 26, 2023 |
The Condition the title refers to is Turner's syndrome. A condition in which young girls never go through puberty,leaving them women, locked in girls bodies. The story can be summed up by one wonderful paragraph very late in the novel:

"She no longer wonders what is normal,whether she feels correctly. It is impossible to say.Her whole life she's known that her condition is untreatable. Now she understands that it requires no treatment. The difference is vast;you could fit a whole life in the gulf between. And so she has."
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kevinkevbo | 61 other reviews | Jul 14, 2023 |
I very much liked Mercy Street and found a lot to like in this novel as well. The blade is not as sharp -- Mercy Street made incisive points about the connection between white supremacy and abortion -- but the arm is just as strong: the plot is a mighty construction and Haigh manages to keep it standing until the very end. Only one character struck me as truly wasted (figuratively and literally), and that's Darren. He did get Gia onstage but I'm not sure we needed her either. Even so, the characters are well-drawn and honest and the violation of the land and of every thing else comes across loud and clear as a central theme. I like Haigh's writing very much. I'm looking forward to her next novel.… (more)
brook11trout | 14 other reviews | Jul 10, 2023 |



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