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

    Duración: 32s
  • 002 Our decision about

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

    Duración: 28min
  • 004 The shareholders meet

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

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

    Duración: 29min
  • 007 Chapter 02

    Duración: 48min
  • 008 Chapter 03

    Duración: 56min
  • 009 Chapter 04

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

    Duración: 32min
  • 011 In the Dairy Queen

    Duración: 17min
  • 012 They're all

    Duración: 19min
  • 013 The press attach

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

    Duración: 01h10min
  • 015 Chapter 06

    Duración: 38min
  • 016 Chapter 07

    Duración: 31min
  • 017 The criminal

    Duración: 09min
  • 018 Chapter 08

    Duración: 36min
  • 019 According to Dick Devlin

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

    Duración: 24min
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