News From Heaven: The Bakerton Stories is a collection of short stories centered on the same fictional Pennsylvania mining town and tells the daily lives of the citizens, as well as their family histories. The stories are interwoven, not only by the geographical location, but by some of the characters as well. Each character's story is affected, whether they realize it or not, by the decline of the towns mining industry. The book discusses the mining industry from its creation, to World War II, to its decline. Each character has a melancholy tone about them that resonates with the reader. Though it can be depressing to read about a recession, during a recession, this is a well written short story collection that reads more like a novel than a collection of stories.
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