Baker Towers

Winner of the PEN/L.L. Winship Award
for outstanding book by a New England writer

Bakerton, Pennsylvania is a town of company houses and church festivals, union squabbles and firemen's parades. Here, the 1940s are a decade of excitement, tragedy and stunning change. BAKER TOWERS is a family saga and a love story, a hymn to America's industrial past. First published in 2005, Jennifer Haigh's second novel was hailed as a modern classic—“compassionate and powerful,” according to The Chicago Tribune, “a song of praise for a too-little-praised part of America, for the working families whose toils and constancy have done so much to make the country great.”

Praise for Baker Towers

The story of a coal mining family, Baker Towers is also a revealing account of a small town in Pennsylvania as well as of a region and a nation at an uncertain time in its history. Tracing a handful of family members as they make their separate ways in the aftermath of World War II to Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C., the texture and backdrop of their narratives is brilliantly evoked and presents to readers and authentic drama based on both topical and personal sensibilities that may be the very purest form of history.
— Theodore Weesner, judge, 2006 PEN/L.L. Winship Award
Almost mythic in its ambition, somewhere between Oates and Updike country, and thoroughly satisfying.
— KIRKUS REVIEWS (starred review)