Literary Fiction

Heat & Light

by Jennifer Haigh

Quick take

As entertaining as it is important and gorgeously it's written, how humane and relatable the characters are, how much we the readers root for justice and redemption.

Why I love it

Readers, have you ever read the novels of Sinclair Lewis? He was the first American writer to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. His so-called "social novels," such as Arrowsmith, Dodsworth, Elmer Gantry, were critiques of capitalism, in particular how the working classes were exploited in the process of industrialization. Okay, maybe that description makes the novels sound like borin...

Member thoughts

33% Love
51% Like
13% Dislike
  • Kathryn F.

    Prescott , AZ

    "This was a wonderful read. I love when author's use fiction to address true life issues. The character's lives are as complex as the fracking. It gave me a lot to think about. "

  • Hannah F.

    Virginia Beach, VA

    "A really interesting, personal take on a very modern issue."

  • Megan M.

    Beaverton, OR

    "Loved this book so much. A beautiful story surrounding a complex and polarizing subject. "

  • Samantha C.

    Henniker, NH

    "In reviewing this nearly a year later, I still think about these characters and this story. So thought provoking and relevant. "

  • Lenise C.

    Pasadena, MD

    "Very strong message that stuck with me for a long time. "

  • Megan A.

    Kansas City, MO

    "Heat & Light was absolutely fantastic. It takes a look at the human costs of energy with surprisingly deep characters. "

  • Noa H.

    La Canada, CA

    "Big fan of Jennifer Haigh's writing.......felt like I got an education on fracking and got to go down memory lane with the references to 3 Mile Island."

  • Alvita T.

    Pasadena, CA

    "Complex characters I wanted to keep reading about and absolutely beautiful writing. The impacts of fracking on the lives of those in proximity to it were thoughtfully and provocatively told."

  • Gwendolyn D.

    Houston, TX

    "I liked all the characters, and I liked how this was an "issues" book about an important topic. "

  • Nellie C.

    Jackson Heights, NY


  • Amy H.

    Madison, CT