Heat and Light: A Novel Summary
Jennifer Haigh

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Heat and Light: A Novel Overview

Jennifer Haigh’s novel Heat and Light presents the build up and the aftermath of fracking in Bakerton, Pennsylvania, in the early twenty-first century. Dark Elephant Energy, a powerful company headquartered in Texas, leases the mineral rights to numerous properties in the small town after scientists discover natural gas deposits. The novel focuses on the Devlin family, and Rich eagerly signs a lease for $25 per acre, hoping to finance his dreams of reviving his grandfather’s farm. With this focus on the fracking in Bakerton through the Devlins’ experiences, Heat and Light explores themes of legacy, inheritance, and environmentalism.

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