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Haigh at the 2016 Texas Book Festival
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Jennifer Haigh is an American novelist and short story writer.
She was born in 1968 in Barnesboro, a Western Pennsylvania coal town 85 miles northeast of Pittsburgh in Cambria County. She attended Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Iowa Writers' Workshop in 2002. Her fiction has been published in Granta, Ploughshares, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Good Housekeeping, and many other publications. As of January 2014[update], Haigh lives in Boston.
Awards and honors
- 2004 PEN/Hemingway Award, Mrs. Kimble
- 2006 L.L. Winship/PEN New England Award, Baker Towers
- 2012 short story Paramour included in The Best American Short Stories
- 2014 PEN/New England Award, News From Heaven
Her next novel, Baker Towers (2005), depicts the rise and fall of a western Pennsylvania coal town in the years following World War II. It was a New York Times bestseller and won the 2006 PEN/L.L. Winship award for best book by a New England writer.
Her third novel, The Condition, was published by HarperCollins in July 2008. It traces the dissolution of a proper New England family when their only daughter is diagnosed with Turner's Syndrome, a chromosomal abnormality that keeps her from going through puberty.
Her novel Faith (2011) tells the story of a suburban Boston priest accused of molesting a boy in his parish.
In 2013, her short story collection News From Heaven revisited the town of Bakerton, Pennsylvania, and features encore appearances by several characters from the Baker Towers novel.
- Mrs Kimble (2003)
- Baker Towers (2005)
- The Condition (2008)
- Faith (2011)
- Heat and Light (2016)
- Jennifer Haigh (Autumn 2008). "Broken star". Granta. 103: 92–114.
- "Ploughshares Awards". 2012. Retrieved May 28, 2012.
- Jennifer Haigh Official site
- Works by or about Jennifer Haigh in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
- Jennifer Haigh reads for "The Drum" Literary Magazine for your ears
- PEN.New England Official site
- "Women Trying to Find Their Way in a Dying Coal Town" from The New York Times.
- "Cutaway" A short story from Natural Bridge: A Journal of Contemporary Literature (Number 8, Fall 2002).
- "A Child With a Problem, a Family With an Excuse" from The New York Times.
- "Broken Star" A short story from Granta (Number 103, Autumn 2008).
- A trailer for Faith
- "Books: Jennifer Haigh's 'Faith,' review by Ron Charles" from The Washington Post