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Novelist Jennifer Haigh to appear at Books in Bloom

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Special to the DailyJennifer Haigh is one of three authors to appear at the Books in Bloom author event June 30.

Novelist and short story writer Jennifer Haigh is one of three authors scheduled to appear at the June 30 Books in Bloom author event, sponsored by the Eagle Valley Library District.

Books in Bloom will take place on June 30 at The Pines Lodge in Beaver Creek, from 2 to 5:30 p.m. Other authors to appear include New York Times bestselling novelist Tatjana Soli (“The Lotus Eaters”) and Boulder-based author Erin Blakemore (“The Heroine’s Bookshelf”). There will be appetizers served during the event, a cash bar, books available for purchase courtesy of The Bookworm of Edwards and a book signing at the conclusion of the author

presentations.

Haigh’s most recent novel, “Faith,” is a haunting meditation on family loyalty. In “Faith,” Haigh’s central character, Sheila, is estranged from her difficult and demanding Catholic family but has remained close to her older brother Art, a priest. When Art finds himself at the center of the sexual abuse crisis, Sheila returns to Boston ready to fight for him and his reputation. But what she discovers is more complicated than she imagined, as the scandal forces long-buried secrets to surface.

“Like a lot of writers,” Haigh said, “I write to make sense of the world, which sometimes means writing about things that disturb me.”

Throughout the novel, which is told from Sheila’s perspective, readers share her vacillation between doubt and belief. Haigh’s readers and reviewers alike are impressed by her fearless approach to such a controversial subject.

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Haigh’s first novel, “Mrs. Kimble,” received the 2004 PEN/Hemingway Award for debut fiction. An emotionally compelling story of three unique women married to the same shadowy manipulator and charismatic con man, “Mrs. Kimble” is a reflection on marriage and a fascinating psychological portrait of a mesmerizing opportunist and the women who love him. “Baker Towers,” a family saga set in a Pennsylvania coal mining town during the industrial boom following World War II, won the 2006 PEN/L.L. Winship Award for outstanding book by a New England Writer and was a New York Times best-seller. “The Condition” depicts one year in the lives of the McKotches, a New England family in turmoil.

A native of western Pennsylvania, Haigh earned her MFA in fiction at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She currently lives in the Boston area.

Tickets for Books in Bloom are $50 and can be purchased via the event website: http://www.booksinbloom.cvlsites.org.

For more information on Books in Bloom, call the Avon Public Library at 970-949-6797.