Heat and Light

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Acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Haigh returns to the Pennsylvania town at the center of her iconic novel Baker Towers in this ambitious, achingly human story of modern America and the conflicting forces at its heart—a bold, moving drama of hope and desperation, greed and power, big business and small-town families.

Forty years ago, Bakerton coal fueled the country. Then the mines closed, and the town wore away like a bar of soap. Now Bakerton has been granted a surprise third act: it sits squarely atop the Marcellus Shale, a massive deposit of natural gas.

To drill or not to drill? Prison guard Rich Devlin leases his mineral rights to finance his dream of farming. He doesn’t count on the truck traffic and nonstop noise, his brother’s skepticism or the paranoia of his wife, Shelby, who insists the water smells strange and is poisoning their frail daughter. Meanwhile his neighbors, organic dairy farmers Mack and Rena, hold out against the drilling—until a passionate environmental activist disrupts their lives.

Told through a cast of characters whose lives are increasingly bound by the opposing interests that underpin the national debate, Heat and Light depicts a community blessed and cursed by its natural resources. Soaring and ambitious, it zooms from drill rig to shareholders’ meeting to the Three Mile Island nuclear reactor to the ruined landscape of the “strippins,” haunting reminders of Pennsylvania’s past energy booms. This is a dispatch from a forgotten America—a work of searing moral clarity from one of the finest writers of her generation, a courageous and necessary book.


  • 001 Heat and Light

    Duration: 32s
  • 002 Our decision about

    Duration: 05min
  • 003 The Point of Dynamism - The first truck

    Duration: 28min
  • 004 The shareholders meet

    Duration: 33min
  • 005 Welcome to Nowhere - Chapter 01

    Duration: 50min
  • 006 Shelby brushes Olivia's hair

    Duration: 29min
  • 007 Chapter 02

    Duration: 48min
  • 008 Chapter 03

    Duration: 56min
  • 009 Chapter 04

    Duration: 29min
  • 010 Normal Accidents - It is a work of genius

    Duration: 32min
  • 011 In the Dairy Queen

    Duration: 17min
  • 012 They're all

    Duration: 19min
  • 013 The press attach

    Duration: 05min
  • 014 Not in My Back Yard - Chapter 05

    Duration: 01h10min
  • 015 Chapter 06

    Duration: 38min
  • 016 Chapter 07

    Duration: 31min
  • 017 The criminal

    Duration: 09min
  • 018 Chapter 08

    Duration: 36min
  • 019 According to Dick Devlin

    Duration: 30min
  • 020 The Boy in the Bubble - 1988

    Duration: 24min
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