To celebrate the release of the critically acclaimed Faith, Jennifer Haigh’s Mrs. Kimble, The Condition, and Baker Towers will also be on tour.
• Paperback: 352 pages
• Publisher: Harper Perennial; Reprint edition (January 17, 2012)
It is the spring of 2002 and a perfect storm has hit Boston. Across the city’s archdiocese, trusted priests have been accused of the worst possible betrayal of the souls in their care. Estranged for years from her difficult and demanding family, Sheila McGann has remained close to her older brother, Art, the popular, dynamic pastor of a large suburban parish. When Art finds himself at the center of the maelstrom, Sheila returns to Boston, ready to fight for him and his reputation. But what she discovers is more complicated than she imagined as the scandal forces long-buried secrets to surface.
Elegantly crafted and sharply observed, Jennifer Haigh’s Faith is a haunting meditation on loyalty and family that demonstrates how the truth can shatter our deepest beliefs—and restore them.
A chameleon, an enigma, all things to all women—a lifeline to which powerful needs and nameless longings may be attached—Ken Kimble is revealed through the eyes of the women he seduces: Birdie, his first wife, struggling to hold herself together after his desertion; his second wife, Joan, a lonely, tragic heiress who sees her unknowable husband as her last chance for happiness; and Dinah, a beautiful but damaged woman half his age.
Bakerton is a community of company houses and church festivals, of union squabbles and firemen’s parades. Its neighborhoods include Little Italy, Swedetown, and Polish Hill. For its tight-knit citizens — and the five children of the Novak family — the 1940s will be a decade of excitement, tragedy, and stunning change. Baker Towers is a family saga and a love story, a hymn to a time and place long gone, to America’s industrial past, and to the men and women we now call the Greatest Generation. It is a feat of imagination from an extraordinary voice in American fiction, a writer of enormous power and skill.
In the summer of 1976, during their annual retreat on Cape Cod, the McKotch family came apart. Now, twenty years after daughter Gwen was diagnosed with Turner’s syndrome—a rare genetic condition that keeps her trapped forever in the body of a child—eminent scientist Frank McKotch is divorced from his pedigreed wife, Paulette. Eldest son Billy, a successful cardiologist, lives a life built on secrets and compromise. His brother Scott awakened from a pot-addled adolescence to a soul-killing job and a regrettable marriage. And Gwen—bright and accomplished but hermetic and emotionally aloof—spurns all social interaction until, well into her thirties, she falls in love for the first time. With compassion and almost painful astuteness, The Condition explores the power of family mythologies—the self-delusions, denials, and inescapable truths that forever bind fathers and mothers and siblings.
About Jennifer Haigh
Jennifer Haigh is the author of the New York Times bestseller Baker Towers, winner of the 2006 PEN/L. L. Winship Award for outstanding book by a New England author; Mrs. Kimble, which won the PEN/Hemingway Award for debut fiction and was a finalist for the Book Sense Book of the Year; and The Condition.
Her fiction has appeared in Granta, Ploughshares, Good Housekeeping, and elsewhere. She lives in the Boston area.
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Jennifer’s Tour Stops
Tuesday, January 17th: A Cozy Reader’s Corner (Baker Towers)
Tuesday, January 17th: The Lost Entwife (Faith)
Wednesday, January 18th: The Feminist Texican [Reads] (The Condition)
Thursday, January 19th: Book Addiction (Mrs. Kimble)
Monday, January 23rd: Teresa’s Reading Corner (Mrs. Kimble)
Tuesday, January 24th: Book Hooked Blog (Faith)
Thursday, January 26th: Amusing Reviews (Faith)
Friday, January 27th: Book Journey (The Condition)
Monday, January 30th: Melody & Words (Faith)
Monday, January 30th: Coffee and a Book Chick (Baker Towers)
Tuesday, January 31st: Write Meg (Faith)
Wednesday, February 1st: Unabridged Chick (Baker Towers)
Thursday, February 2nd: Broken Teepee (Faith)
Monday, February 6th: Unabridged Chick (Faith)
Tuesday, February 7th: Take Me Away (Faith)
Wednesday, February 8th: The Crazy Life of a Bookaholic Mom (Baker Towers)
Thursday, February 9th: Elle Lit. (The Condition)
Friday, February 10th: A Cozy Reader’s Corner (Mrs. Kimble)
Tuesday, February 14th: A Bookish Way of Life (The Condition)
Wednesday, February 15th: Book Club Classics! (Faith)
Wednesday, February 22nd: Chunky Monkey (Faith)
Thursday, February 23rd: Life is Short. Read Fast. (Faith)
Monday, February 27th: The Scarlet Letter (Faith)
Wednesday, February 29th: Reflections of a Bookaholic (Baker Towers)
Monday, March 12th: Diary of a Stay at Home Mom (Baker Towers)