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The incredible way Jennifer Haigh gave every character in the book life was enthralling to read! The characters all grew so organically (oddly enough as their world was polluted), that I felt Haigh gave the reader an opportunity to actually get to know each person. Getting to know Shelby drove me insane! As all the other characters unfolded, for better or worse, I enjoyed reading about how their lives unfolded. With Shelby I just wanted to scream half the time!
Do you like fiction that takes on real problems that people confront every day, or do you prefer novels that have less realism?
In reading the book, did you find all the background about fracking interesting, or distracting?
Do you recall the novels of Sinclair Lewis? Do you agree that like his novels, Heat and Light is a "social novel"?