Search Results: "Jane Smiley"


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SOME LUCK by Jane Smiley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"An expansive, episodic tale showing this generally flinty author in a mellow mood: surprising, but engaging."
Smiley (Private Life, 2010, etc.) follows an Iowa farm family through the thick of the 20th century. 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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THE ALL-TRUE TRAVELS AND ADVENTURES OF LIDIE NEWTON by Jane Smiley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 3, 1998

"Little else goes awry, though, in the richly entertaining saga of a woman who might have been well matched with Thomas Berger's 'Little Big Man,' and whom Huck Finn would have been proud to claim as his big sister."
Smiley (Moo, 1995, etc.) scales another peak with this bighearted and thoughtful picaresque novel set mostly in the Kansas Territory shortly before the Civil War. Read full book review >

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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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MOO by Jane Smiley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 1995

"Not as intellectually or morally challenging as the Pulitzer Prize-winner can be at her best, but Smiley coasting is still more stimulating than most writers trying their hardest."
A comic novel proves an agreeable change of pace for the ordinarily serious-minded Smiley (A Thousand Acres, 1991, etc.). 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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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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BARN BLIND by Jane Smiley
Released: June 2, 1980

"A devastating probe of a woman sealed within that (to most of us) alien world of the track and paddock; special—but deep-driving."
In this unusual first novel Smiley, with flawless command of the shaky grandeurs and gritty drudgery which can absorb the equestrian fancy, matches the openended rigors of the discipline with one woman's tragically destructive obsession. Read full book review >

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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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PRIVATE LIFE by Jane Smiley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2010

"Her most ferocious novel since the Pulitzer Prize-winning A Thousand Acres (1991) and every bit as good."
Smiley roars back from the disappointing Ten Days in the Hills (2007) with a scarifying tale of stifling marriage and traumatizing losses. 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 >