“HEAT AND LIGHT is a riveting panoramic tale, keying in on the lives impacted by Big Energy’s ceaseless feeding frenzy. In the spirit of Don DeLillo’s Underworld and the novels of Dana Spiotta and Rachel Kushner, Jennifer Haigh’s writing gives full measure to the intimate lives within: Houston power brokers, desperate landowners willing to lease the earth under their feet, and mercenary contractors with gargantuan machinery ready to get at the prehistoric shale deposits below. HEAT AND LIGHT is a greyhound of a novel—smart, sharp, hyperprecise, and near incantatory in its momentum.”