News from Heaven: The Bakerton Stories - Jennifer Haigh Methinks I like Ms. Haigh better as a short-storyist than as a novelist. This is a pitch-perfect collection of interconnected stories about a dying Pennsylvania coal-mining town. In my Forest Service days, I lived for awhile in a dying logging town, and the feel is much the same. Rumors take on the status of myth, the locals never forget a slight or a good deed, and families fall apart in direct proportion to the lack of opportunity and the rarity of hope.