Title: Heat and Light
Authors: Haigh, Jennifer
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 427
Year: 2016
Publisher: Harper Collins
Language: English
Description: Bakerton has seen better days ... now that the coal mines are closed, only what remains on the surface of the land is of value. That is until Dark Elephant Energy comes swooping into town armed with contracts and promises of easy money. Rich Devlin will now be able to pursue his dream of a dairy farm, while Rena and Mack's ability to supply markets and restaurants with organic produce will likely be compromised: the fracking debate has been ignited. There are money men, drillers, activists and all, everyone looking for a cut of the action in small town Pennsylvania.

Thought-provoking and relevant, this story is well served by its multiple narrators and confident examination of the economic and environmental dilemmas of energy production and the unforeseen costs of greed and other human frailties.

Comments from BDS Reviewers:

"This is the sort of book our group loves to get its teeth into! I thought it was a brilliant book and thoroughly recommend it."

"I enjoy books that have a socio-political theme and this one certainly delivers in that respect."

"An interesting and thought-provoking book, well written and informative."

"It jumps back and forth and it can be confusing at times."

"I felt I got an education at the same time I was entertained by the interesting plot, characters and the setting."

"There are a lot of characters and I did get confused at the beginning until I had sorted them out. It is worth getting through that initial confusion."
Categories: Fiction, Environmental, Morals/Ethics, Relationships, Social commentary/perspectives, 2019 Titles


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