Search Results: "Jane Smiley"


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THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES 1995 by Jane Smiley
Released: Nov. 15, 1995

"A strong addition to the venerable series."
The eightieth anniversary issue of this annual series displays a catholicity of taste that's often been missing from previous volumes. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 16, 2005

"Stimulating, provocative and unfailingly intelligent—in short, vintage Smiley."
Bracing literary criticism from a practitioner's point of view. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 12, 2010

"Engrossing. Smiley takes science history and injects it with a touch of noir and an exciting clash of vanities."
Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Smiley (Private Life, 2010, etc.) looks at the curious personalities and tortured paths that led to the first computer(s). Read full book review >

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A THOUSAND ACRES by Jane Smiley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 4, 1991

"With the Bard's peak moments—the storm, a blinding, etc.—a potent tragedy immaculate in characters, stately pace, and lowering ambiance."

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THE AGE OF GRIEF by Jane Smiley
Released: Sept. 10, 1987

"And there is that memorable and sobering perspective—when vision changes from the far distance to the near reality of a life suddenly grown shriveled and, alas, permanently small."
Five short stories and a novella by the author of Duplicate Keys (1984) and At Paradise Gate (1981), all celebrating, in one way or another, what Smiley in the novella dubs "The Age of Grief"—that time in middle age, "after all that schooling, all that care," when coming around to you is "the same cup of pain that every mortal drinks from." Read full book review >

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BEST NEW AMERICAN VOICES by Jane Smiley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Impressive craftsmanship and high imaginative quality distinguish an annual that's becoming an essential."
Many roads are traveled in this sixth gathering of the best stories culled from the nation's writing programs and conferences. Read full book review >

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TEN DAYS IN THE HILLS by Jane Smiley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 15, 2007

"A couple of touching moments toward the end can't redeem this surprising misstep from one of our most gifted novelists."
Smiley, who won a Pulitzer for transplanting King Lear to 1970s Iowa (A Thousand Acres, 1991), sets her modern-day version of The Decameron in Hollywood. And it's no prize-winner. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 20, 2004

"The surety and glow of her prose fragrantly convey the author's sensuous and protective love for horses; she's the kind of mother any foal would be lucky to have."
Novelist Smiley (Good Faith, 2003, etc.) portrays her life with horses in a text full of quirks, neuroses, personal insights, theories, and lots of polished vignettes. Read full book review >

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AT PARADISE GATE by Jane Smiley
Released: Oct. 14, 1981

"Flawed work, then, but worthy, honest, and—at its best—wry and sternly moving."
Though rather too belabored and talky to match the impact of Smiley's impressive Barn Blind debut (1980), this claustrophobic, deathbed study of an edgy Des Moines family reaffirms her acute feel for silent wounds, thwarted affections, and complex domestic tensions. Read full book review >

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Released: Dec. 23, 1987

"Here, Smiley's words seem ultimately little more than lengthy captions for the book's 50 photographs."
A sentimental and disappointing portrait of the tribe of men and women who work with their hands. Read full book review >

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THE GREENLANDERS by Jane Smiley
Released: April 18, 1988

"A bleak, stirring picture of the slow slouch towards the death of a civilization."
Smiley (Duplicate Keys, The Age of Grief, etc.) has produced a bulky, sometimes spectacular saga of 14th-century Greenland—a tapestry of hunger, revenge and the disintegration of social institutions. Read full book review >

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HORSE HEAVEN by Jane Smiley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 6, 2000

"If one named Jane Smiley ever shows up in the racing form, you might just want to bet the farm on her."
A fast-paced, fetchingly detailed, wide-angled view of the world of horse breeding-and-racing—and another lively illustration of Smiley's industrious literary work-ethic and gift for transmuting the products of her obviously extensive research into compelling fiction. Read full book review >