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Jane Smiley - Author

About the Author

Jane Smiley was born in LA, grew up in St Louis and studied at Vassar and Iowa. She won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Award in 1992 for 'A Thousand Acres'.

Featured books by Jane Smiley

The Golden Age

The Golden Age

Author: Jane Smiley Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/10/2015

The third novel in the dazzling Last Hundred Years trilogy from the winner of the Pulitzer Prize. 1987. A visit from a long-lost relative brings the Langdons together again on the family farm; a place almost unrecognisable from the remote Iowan farmland Walter and Rosanna once owned. The family have spread across the US, and whilst some have stayed reliably unchanged, others have evolved with the times. The eldest Langdon, Frank - always cold and distant - finally starts to break down the wall he built between himself and his wife, but can a loving relationship be grasped in their twilight years? Their son, Richie, finally out from under his brother Michael's shadow, finds himself running for congress almost unintentionally, and completely underprepared. And Michael, on the brink of self-destruction, seems to make the biggest change of all, but could it be too good to be true? New life blooms; close-calls threaten to take away; and other lives come to unforeseen ends.

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Early Warning

Early Warning

Author: Jane Smiley Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/09/2015

1953. When a funeral brings the Langdon family together once more, they little realize how much, over the coming years, each of their worlds will shift and change. For now Walter and Rosanna's sons and daughters are grown up and have children of their own. Frank, the eldest - restless, unhappy - ignores his troubled wife and instead finds himself distracted by a face from the past. Lillian must watch as her brilliant, eccentric husband Arthur is destroyed by the guilt arising from his secretive government work. Claire, too, finds that marriage is not quite what she expected it to be. In Iowa where the Langdons began, Joe sees that some aspects of life on the farm never change, while others are unrecognizable. And though a few members of the family remain mired in the past, others will attempt to move beyond the lives they have always known; and some will push forward as never before. The dark shadow of the Vietnam War hangs over every one ...In sickness and health, through their best and darkest times, the Langdon family will live and love and suffer against the broad, merciless sweep of American history. Moving from the 1950s to the 1980s, Early Warning is epic storytelling at its most wise and compelling from a writer at the height of her powers.

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Early Warning

Early Warning

Author: Jane Smiley Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/05/2015

1953. When a funeral brings the Langdon family together once more, they little realize how much, over the coming years, each of their worlds will shift and change. For now Walter and Rosanna's sons and daughters are grown up and have children of their own. Frank, the eldest - restless, unhappy - ignores his troubled wife and instead finds himself distracted by a face from the past. Lillian must watch as her brilliant, eccentric husband Arthur is destroyed by the guilt arising from his secretive government work. Claire, too, finds that marriage is not quite what she expected it to be. In Iowa where the Langdons began, Joe sees that some aspects of life on the farm never change, while others are unrecognizable. And though a few members of the family remain mired in the past, others will attempt to move beyond the lives they have always known; and some will push forward as never before. The dark shadow of the Vietnam War hangs over every one ...In sickness and health, through their best and darkest times, the Langdon family will live and love and suffer against the broad, merciless sweep of American history. Moving from the 1950s to the 1980s, Early Warning is epic storytelling at its most wise and compelling from a writer at the height of her powers.

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Some Luck

Some Luck

Author: Jane Smiley Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/02/2015

The first novel in a dazzling new epic trilogy from the winner of the Pulitzer Prize; a literary adventure that will span a century in America. 1920. After his return from the battlefields in France, Walter Langdon and his wife Rosanna begin their life together on a remote farm in Iowa. As time passes, their little family will grow: from Frank, the handsome, willful first-born, to Joe, whose love of animals and the land sustains him; from Lillian, beloved by her mother, to Henry who craves only the world of his books; and Claire, the surprise baby, who earns a special place in her father's heart. As Walter and Rosanna struggle to keep their family through good years and hard years - to years more desperate than they ever could have imagined, the world around their little farm will turn, and life for their children will be unrecognizable from what came before. Some will fall in love, some will have families of their own, some will go to war and some will not survive. All will mark history in their own way. Tender, compelling and moving from the 1920s to the 1950s, told in multiple voices as rich as the Iowan soil, Some Luck is an astonishing feat of storytelling by a prize-winning author writing at the height of her powers.

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Some Luck

Some Luck

Author: Jane Smiley Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/11/2014

The first novel in a dazzling new epic trilogy from the winner of the Pulitzer Prize; a literary adventure that will span a century in America. 1920. After his return from the battlefields in France, Walter Langdon and his wife Rosanna begin their life together on a remote farm in Iowa. As time passes, their little family will grow: from Frank, the handsome, willful first-born, to Joe, whose love of animals and the land sustains him; from Lillian, beloved by her mother, to Henry who craves only the world of his books; and Claire, the surprise baby, who earns a special place in her father's heart. As Walter and Rosanna struggle to keep their family through good years and hard years - to years more desperate than they ever could have imagined, the world around their little farm will turn, and life for their children will be unrecognizable from what came before. Some will fall in love, some will have families of their own, some will go to war and some will not survive. All will mark history in their own way. Tender, compelling and moving from the 1920s to the 1950s, told in multiple voices as rich as the Iowan soil, Some Luck is an astonishing feat of storytelling by a prize-winning author writing at the height of her powers.

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Other books by Jane Smiley

The Strays of Paris

The Strays of Paris

Author: Jane Smiley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/12/2020

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Thousand Acres, Jane Smiley, The Strays of Paris is a captivating story of three extraordinary animals - and one little boy - whose lives cross paths in Paris. Paras is a spirited young racehorse living in a stable in the French countryside. That is until one afternoon, when she pushes open the gate of her stall and, travelling through the night, arrives quite by chance in the dazzling streets of Paris. She soon meets a German shorthaired pointer named Frida, two irrepressible ducks and an opinionated crow, and life amongst the animals in the city's lush green spaces is enjoyable for a time. But everything changes when Paras meets a human boy, Etienne, and discovers a new, otherworldly part of Paris: the secluded, ivy-walled house where the boy and his nearly-one-hundred-year-old great grandmother live quietly and unto themselves. As the cold weather of Christmas nears, the unlikeliest of friendships bloom among humans and animals alike. But how long can a runaway horse live undiscovered in Paris? And how long can one boy keep her all to himself? Charming and beguiling in equal measure, Jane Smiley's novel celebrates the intrinsic need for friendship, love, and freedom, whomever you may be . . .

Riding Lessons: Taking the Reins

Riding Lessons: Taking the Reins

Author: Jane Smiley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/2020

Perfect for anyone who loves horses and riding, from award-winning author Jane Smiley. Ellen's family has moved to a new town...but some things, like her love for horses, remain the same. Ellen is now the proud owner of her own horse, Tater. She's learning new skills and challenging herself as a rider...but she still can't stop thinking about Ned, the feisty former racehorse she sees on the ranch during her lessons. In the meantime, Ellen's making new friends and encountering old ones. Most exciting of all is Da, a boy from a riding family who is possessed of a spirit of mischief and daring and knows his own mind. Ellen still has a lot to learn...about horses, friendship, and herself. And will she ever be able to get Ned off her mind?

Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Novel

Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Novel

Author: Jane Smiley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/08/2020

A Pulitzer Prize-winning author's revelatory celebration of the novel - at once an anatomy of the art of fiction, a guide for readers and writers and a memoir of literary life. Over her 20 year career, Jane Smiley has written many kinds of novels - mystery, comedy, historical fiction, epic. But when her impulse to write faltered after 9/11, she decided to approach novels from a different angle: she read 100 of them, from the 1000-year-old Tale of Genji to the recent bestseller White Teeth by Zadie Smith, from classics to little-known gems. With these books and her experience of reading them as her reference, Smiley discusses the pleasure of reading; why a novel succeeds - or doesn't; and how the form has changed over time. She delves into the character of the novelist and reveals how (and which) novels have affected her own life. Smiley takes us deep into the process of novel-writing, sharing the secrets of her own habits and theories of creativity. She offers priceless practical advice to aspiring writers, and even walks us through the publication of her most recent novel, Good Faith. And in an appendix - one of the most compelling and intelligent reading lists ever compiled - Smiley considers individually the 100 novels she read, giving us a brief but cogent description of each, along with her own opinions and interpretations. Engaging, wise, decidedly unacademic - and bound to be one of Smiley's most widely read and beloved books.

Saddles and Secrets

Saddles and Secrets

Author: Jane Smiley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/03/2019

A young rider gets to know a new pony, adjust to a new sibling and learns a lot about secrets in this charming follow-up to Pulitzer Prize winning author Jane Smiley's Riding Lessons. Ellen can't stop thinking about the racehorse Ned - and the secret she shares with him. There seem to be a lot of secrets in Ellen's life these days. Secrets between friends. Secrets within families. Secrets that are all her own. And secrets her parents are keeping from her that could change everything... One thing that's not a secret is how much Ellen wants to jump. The horse she's riding nowadays is Hot Potato - a pony she can trust, and learn to jump with. But can he really take the place of Ned? And what if her parent's secret threatens her ability to go to the stables at all?

Riding Lessons

Riding Lessons

Author: Jane Smiley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2018

Meet Ellen: a spirited - and occasionally misbehaving - young horseback-riding student. In the spring of fourth grade, Ellen's life feels like a balancing act: she is only allowed to go to riding lessons when she behaves at school and at home. But it's much harder than it sounds! Ellen has a knack for speaking out of turn in class, and with a new sibling on the way, she can't resist taking advantage of her parents' distraction. Then, on one perfect day - when Ellen has minded her manners - she sees Ned for the first time. Ned is a beautiful colt who used to be a racehorse, until he hurt his leg. They seem to understand each other immediately, and all Ellen wants to do is spend more time with her new friend. But will she be able to keep up her best behaviour at school? And will her parents ever let her have a horse of her own?

A Thousand Acres

A Thousand Acres

Author: Jane Smiley Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/11/2017

This powerful twentieth-century reimagining of Shakespeare's King Lear centers on a wealthy Iowa farmer who decides to divide his farm among his three daughters. When the youngest objects, she is cut out of his will, which sets in motion a chain of events that brings dark truths to light. Ambitiously conceived and stunningly written, A Thousand Acres spins the most fundamental themes of truth, justice, love, and pride into a universally acclaimed masterpiece.

Greenlanders

Greenlanders

Author: Jane Smiley Format: eBook Release Date: 05/10/2017

Set in the fourteenth century in Europe's most far-flung outpost, a land of glittering fjords, blasting winds, sun-warmed meadows, and high, dark, mountains, The Greenlanders is the story of one family - proud landowner Asgeir Gunnarsson; his daughter Margret, whose wilful independence leads her into passionate adultery and exile; and his son, Gunnar, whose quest for knowledge is at the compelling centre of this unforgettable book.Jane Smiley takes us into this world of farmers, priests, and lawspeakers, of hunts and feasts and long-standing feuds, and by an act of literary magic, makes a remote time, place, and people not only real, but dear to us.

Age of Grief

Age of Grief

Author: Jane Smiley Format: eBook Release Date: 05/10/2017

In this brilliant collection of five short stories and a novella, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jane Smiley presents six unforgettable portraits exploring the perils of domestic life. I am thirty-five years old, and it seems to me that I have reached the age of grief. Others arrive there sooner. Almost no one arrives much later . . .In the title novella, a man who has reached the 'age of grief' slowly realizes that his wife is in love with someone else. Unsure whether his marriage is best protected by confronting her or by feigning ignorance, he struggles to repress his anguish and to prevent his wife discovering that he is aware of her infidelity . . .Accompanying this novella are five short stories, including The Pleasure of Her Company, in which a lonely, single woman befriends the married couple next door, hoping to learn the secret to their happiness. And Long Distance, in which a man finds himself relieved of the obligation to continue an affair that is no longer compelling to him, only to be waylaid by the guilt he feels at his easy escape.

Ordinary Love

Ordinary Love

Author: Jane Smiley Format: eBook Release Date: 05/10/2017

From the Pulitzer prize winning author of A Thousand Acres, Jane Smiley, comes Ordinary Love and Good Will - two thematically linked novellas, both included in this ebook edition, exploring the elusive dream of the perfect family.Ordinary Love gives voice to a mother, loving but unsure of her love's value, who, in leaving her powerful husband, fears that she has done her children irrevocable harm . . . Good Will, by contrast, is the story of a father - a relentlessly self-sufficient man determined to divorce himself from a materialistic world. But in his single-mindedness, he does not see the damage he is causing to those around him until it is too late . . .

Moo

Moo

Author: Jane Smiley Format: eBook Release Date: 05/10/2017

In her masterfully plotted novel, Moo, Pulitzer-Prize winner Jane Smiley offers us both a sharply funny comedy and a darkly poignant slice of life.Nestled in the heart of the Midwest, amid cow pastures and waving fields of grain, lies Moo University, a distinguished institution devoted to the art and science of agriculture.Here, in an atmosphere rife with devious plots, lusty liaisons, and academic one-upmanship, Chairman X of the Horticulture Department harbours a secret fantasy to kill the dean; Mrs Walker, the provost's right-hand and campus information queen, knows where all the bodies are buried; Timothy Monahan, associate professor of English, advocates eavesdropping for his creative writing assignments; and Bob Carlson, a sophomore, feeds and maintains his only friend: a hog named Earl Butz.

Duplicate Keys

Duplicate Keys

Author: Jane Smiley Format: eBook Release Date: 05/10/2017

Written with the depth and passion of Jane Smiley's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, A Thousand Acres, Duplicate Keys is a riveting suspense story about the emotional aftermath of one horrific crime.They were six friends from the Midwest who moved to New York City with high hopes of making a big splash in the music industry. And though the dream faded, the bonds between this tight-knit group did not. Or so they thought . . .For on one brilliantly sunny day, Alice Ellis discovers the grisly murders of two of the friends, shot dead in an apartment for which each person in the group had a duplicate set of keys.The investigation that follows lets loose the jealousy and hatred, the deception and rage, and the shocking secrets that lie between even the closest of friends . . .

Barn Blind

Barn Blind

Author: Jane Smiley Format: eBook Release Date: 05/10/2017

Written with the grace and quiet beauty of her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Barn Blind is a spellbinding story on the classic American themes of work, love, and duty, and the lengths we will go to achieve success.The verdant pastures of a farm in Illinois have the placid charms of a landscape painting, but the horses that graze there have become the obsession of a woman who sees them as the fulfilment of every wish: to win, to be honoured, to be the best. Her ambition is the galvanizing force in Jane Smiley's first novel, a force that will drive a wedge between her and her family, and bring them all to tragedy . . .

At Paradise Gate

At Paradise Gate

Author: Jane Smiley Format: eBook Release Date: 05/10/2017

In At Paradise Gate, Pulitzer Prize-winner and bestselling author Jane Smiley paints with searing accuracy a portrait of a marriage at breaking point and one family's struggle for survival.While seventy-seven-year-old Ike Robison is dying in his bedroom upstairs, his wife, Anna, must defend all that they have built together throughout their lengthy marriage as their house is invaded by their three interfering - albeit loving - middle-aged daughters and their twenty-three year old grand-daughter, Christine.Set over a three-day period of family crisis, Anna reflects over all that has happened, and all that is still left to come, in this compelling and gracefully wrought depiction of a marriage.

Lidie Newton oder Ein abenteuerliches Frauenleben

Lidie Newton oder Ein abenteuerliches Frauenleben

Author: Jane Smiley Format: eBook Release Date: 17/10/2016

Lidie wachst in den 40er Jahren des 19. Jahrhunderts in Illinois heran. Von Kindheit an sperrt sie sich gegen die traditionelle Frauenrolle und lernt statt der typisch weiblichen Fertigkeiten Reiten und Schieen und beschaftigt sich mit Buchern.Als 20-Jahrige nutzt sie die Gelegenheit, der als erstickend empfundenen Familienatmosphare bei ihren alteren Schwestern zu entfliehen, und heiratet einen durchreisenden Neuenglander, Thomas Newton, der als kunftiger Siedler unterwegs nach Kansas ist. Die Pulitzerpreistragerin Jane Smiley hat einen groen Frauenroman geschrieben: Lidie Newton, eine starke und originelle Figur, die der Welt von Huckleberry Finn und Onkel Toms Hutte entstammt, ist zugleich ein fruhes Muster weiblichen Eigensinns und mutiger Entschlossenheit.(Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine fruhere Ausgabe.)

Moo

Moo

Author: Jane Smiley Format: eBook Release Date: 17/10/2016

Moo ist ein komischer, subversiver Campus-Roman uber eine Ackerbau- und Viehzucht-Universitat irgendwo im Mittleren Westen der USA - oder: ein Abbild der Welt im kleinen. Die Pulitzerpreistragerin Jane Smiley verarbeitet Wissenschafts- und Gesellschaftskritik zu einer amusanten und weitsichtigen Komodie. (Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine fruhere Ausgabe.)

Tor zum Paradies

Tor zum Paradies

Author: Jane Smiley Format: eBook Release Date: 17/10/2016

Unerwartet sieht sich Anna Robison der Invasion ihrer drei erwachsenen Tochter und ihrer Enkelin ausgesetzt. Moglicherweise liegt der 77jahrige Ike, Annas Mann, im Sterben. Unter dem Eindruck dieser existentiellen Herausforderung lassen drei Frauengenerationen Bruchstucke ihrer personlichen und kollektiven Geschichte lebendig werden und versuchen zugleich ihre unterschiedlichen Positionen und Rollen neu auszuloten. (Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine fruhere Ausgabe.)

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