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Jane Smiley

Jane Smiley is the author of numerous novels, including A Thousand Acres, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, and most recently, Golden Age, the concluding volume of The Last Hundred Years trilogy. She is also the author of five works of nonfiction and a series of books for young adults. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, she has also received the PEN Center USA Lifetime Achievement Award for Literature. She lives in Northern California.

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Hard Times
Written by Charles Dickens, Afterword by Jane Smiley, Introduction by Frederick Busch
Signet | Paperback | July 2008
$5.95/7.95(Canada) | 978-0-451-53099-8 (0-451-53099-3)

Dickens’s scathing portrait of Victorian industrial society. 

Coketown, the depressed mill town that is the setting for one of Charles Dickens’s most powerful and unforgettable novels, is all brick, machinery, and smoke-darkened chimneys. Its emblematic citizen, the schoolmaster Thomas Gradgrind, lives to impose his version of education: facts and statistics that feed... Read more

The Kiss
Written by Kathryn Harrison, Afterword by Jane Smiley
Random House Trade Paperbacks | Trade Paperback | April 2011
$16.00/19.00(Canada) | 978-0-8129-7971-8 (0-8129-7971-0)

In this acclaimed and groundbreaking memoir, Kathryn Harrison transforms into a work of art the darkest passage imaginable in a young woman’s life: an obsessive love affair between father and daughter that begins when she, at age twenty, is reunited with the father whose absence had haunted her youth. Exquisitely and... Read more

The Fish Can Sing
Written by Halldor Laxness, Introduction by Jane Smiley
Vintage | Trade Paperback | February 2008
$15.95/18.95(Canada) | 978-0-307-38605-2 (0-307-38605-8)

The Fish Can Sing is one of Nobel Prize winner Halldór Laxness’s most beloved novels, a poignant coming-of-age tale marked with his peculiar blend of light irony and dark humor.

The orphan Alfgrimur has spent an idyllic childhood sheltered in the simple turf cottage of a generous and eccentric elderly couple. Alfgrimur... Read more

Charlotte Temple
Written by Susanna Rowson, Introduction by Jane Smiley
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | May 2004
$16.00/22.00(Canada) | 978-0-8129-7121-7 (0-8129-7121-3)

With an Introduction by Jane Smiley

First published in America in 1794, Charlotte Temple took the country by storm—in fact, it was this nation’s first bona fide “bestseller.” Susanna Rowson’s most famous work is the story of an innocent British schoolgirl who takes the advice of her depraved French teacher— with tragic... Read more

Black Beauty
Written by Anna Sewell, Illustrated by Jillian Tamaki, Foreword by Jane Smiley
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | October 2011
$17.00/22.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-310647-0 (0-14-310647-3)

One of the best-loved animal adventures ever written

This Penguin Threads edition of Anna Sewell's moving novel Black Beauty includes a new foreword by Pulitzer Prize winner Jane Smiley, cover art by Jillian Tamaki and deluxe French flaps.

Commissioned by award-winning Penguin art director Paul Buckley, the Penguin Threads series debuts with cover art... Read more

13 Ways of Looking at the Novel
Written by Jane Smiley
Anchor | Trade Paperback | September 2006
$17.95/21.50(Canada) | 978-1-4000-3318-8 (1-4000-3318-7)

An essential guide for writers and readers alike, here is Smiley’s great celebration of the novel. As she embarks on an exhilarating tour through one hundred titles—from classics such as the thousand-year-old Tale of Genji to recent fiction by Zadie Smith and Alice Munro—she explores the power of the form, looking at its...

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The Age of Grief
Written by Jane Smiley
Anchor | Trade Paperback | June 2002
$15.00/18.00(Canada) | 978-0-385-72187-5 (0-385-72187-0)

The luminous novella and stories in The Age of Grief explore the vicissitudes of love, friendship, and marriage with all the compassion and insight that have come to be expected from Jane Smiley, the Pulitzer Prize—winning author of A Thousand Acres.

In “The Pleasure of Her Company,” a lonely, single woman befriends... Read more

The All-True Travels and Adventures of Lidie Newton
Written by Jane Smiley
Ballantine Books | Trade Paperback | December 1998
$17.00/23.00(Canada) | 978-0-449-91083-2 (0-449-91083-0)


Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Thousand Acres

"Rousing . . . Action-packed . . . A gripping story about love, fortitude, and convictions that are worth fighting for."

--Los Angeles Times


"POWERFUL . . . Smiley takes us back to Kansas in 1855, a place... Read more

Charles Dickens
Written by Jane Smiley
Penguin Books | Trade Paperback | November 2011
$15.00/20.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-311992-0 (0-14-311992-3)

A brilliantly insightful biography from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jane Smiley
With delectable wit and characteristic sensitivity, Jane Smiley presents a fresh, illuminating take on the life of Charles Dickens. Smiley finds a kindred spirit in the author of such classics as Great Expectations and A Christmas Carol, who was not only a prolific writer... Read more

Duplicate Keys
Written by Jane Smiley
Anchor | Trade Paperback | November 2004
$16.00/22.00(Canada) | 978-1-4000-7602-4 (1-4000-7602-1)

Alice Ellis is a Midwestern refugee living in Manhattan. Still recovering from a painful divorce, she depends on the companionship and camaraderie of tightly knit circle of friends. At the center of this circle is a rock band struggling to navigate New York’s erratic music scene, and an apartment/practice space with... Read more

Early Warning
Written by Jane Smiley
Anchor | Trade Paperback | January 2016
$16.00/21.00(Canada) | 978-0-307-74481-4 (0-307-74481-7)

One of the Best Books of the Year: San Francisco Chronicle

It’s 1953, and the Langdons are at a crossroads. Walter, their stalwart patriarch, has died unexpectedly, and his wife must try to keep their farm going. But of their five children, only one will remain to work the land. The others... Read more

Golden Age
Written by Jane Smiley
Anchor | Trade Paperback | June 2016
$16.00/22.00(Canada) | 978-0-307-74482-1 (0-307-74482-5)

Winner of the Heartland Prize for Fiction

A Washington Post Notable Book
One of the Best Books of the Year: NPR, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, BookPage

It’s 1987, and the next generation of Langdons is facing economic, social, and political challenges unlike anything their ancestors have encountered. Michael and Richie, twin sons...

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Good Faith
Written by Jane Smiley
Anchor | Trade Paperback | May 2004
$13.95/21.00(Canada) | 978-0-385-72105-9 (0-385-72105-6)

Greed. Envy. Sex. Property. In her subversively funny and genuinely moving new novel, Jane Smiley nails down several American obsessions with the expertise of a master carpenter.

Forthright, likable Joe Stratford is the kind of local businessman everybody trusts, for good reason. But it’s 1982, and even in Joe’s small town, values... Read more

The Greenlanders
Written by Jane Smiley
Anchor | Trade Paperback | September 2005
$16.95/19.95(Canada) | 978-1-4000-9546-9 (1-4000-9546-8)

This enthralling epic tale, written in the tradition of the old Norse sagas, takes us to fourteenth-century Greenland—a farflung place of glittering fjords, blasting winds, sun-warmed meadows, and high, dark mountains. This is the story of one family: proud landowner Asgeir Gunnarsson; his daughter Margret, whose willful independence leads her into passionate adultery...

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Horse Heaven
Written by Jane Smiley
Ballantine Books | Trade Paperback | February 2001
$16.00/21.00(Canada) | 978-0-449-00541-5 (0-449-00541-0)



of craft and an uncompromising vision that grow more powerful with each
book . . ... Read more

Written by Jane Smiley
Anchor | Trade Paperback | February 2009
$16.95/22.95(Canada) | 978-0-307-47276-2 (0-307-47276-0)

In this darkly satirical send-up of academia and the Midwest, we are introduced to Moo University, a distinguished institution devoted to the study of agriculture. Amid cow pastures and waving fields of grain, Moo’s campus churns with devious plots, mischievous intrigue, lusty liaisons, and academic one-upmanship, Chairman X of the Horticulture...

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Ordinary Love and Good Will
Written by Jane Smiley
Anchor | Trade Paperback | October 2007
$14.95/16.95(Canada) | 978-0-307-27909-5 (0-307-27909-X)

These exquisite twin novellas chronicle the difficult choices that reshape the lives of two very different families. In Ordinary Love, Smiley focuses on a woman’s infidelity and the lasting, indelible effects it leaves on her children long after her departure. Good Will portrays a father who realizes how his son has been affected by...

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Private Life
Written by Jane Smiley
Anchor | Trade Paperback | June 2011
$15.95/17.95(Canada) | 978-1-4000-3319-5 (1-4000-3319-5)

Here is the powerful, deeply affecting story of one Margaret Mayfield, from her childhood in post–Civil War Missouri to California in the throes of World War II. When Margaret marries Captain Andrew Jackson Jefferson Early at the age of twenty-seven, she narrowly avoids condemning herself to life as an old maid. Instead...

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Riding Lessons (An Ellen & Ned Book)
Written by Jane Smiley
Knopf Books for Young Readers | Hardcover | March 2018
$16.99/22.99(Canada) | 978-1-5247-1811-4 (1-5247-1811-4)

The first book in a new horse trilogy from Pulitzer Prize winner Jane Smiley starring a feisty young rider.
Eleven-year-old Ellen is a spunky—and occasionally misbehaving—young riding student. Her teacher Abby Lovitt (who readers might recognize from The Georges and the Jewels) is a high school student who introduces her to jumping, dressage... Read more

Saddles & Secrets (An Ellen & Ned Book)
Written by Jane Smiley
Knopf Books for Young Readers | Hardcover | March 5, 2019
$16.99/22.99(Canada) | 978-1-5247-1815-2 (1-5247-1815-7)

A young rider gets to know a new pony, adjusts to a new sibling, and learns a lot about secrets in this charming follow-up to Pulitzer Prize winner 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... Read more

Some Luck
Written by Jane Smiley
Anchor | Trade Paperback | July 2015
$16.00/22.00(Canada) | 978-0-307-74480-7 (0-307-74480-9)

National Book Award Nominee

A Best Book of the Year: The Washington Post, NPR, USA Today, San Francisco ChronicleFinancial Times, The Seattle Times, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, BookPage

1920, Denby, Iowa: Rosanna and Walter Langdon have just welcomed their firstborn son, Frank, into their family farm. He will be the oldest of...

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Ten Days in the Hills
Written by Jane Smiley
Anchor | Trade Paperback | April 2008
$14.95/16.95(Canada) | 978-1-4000-3320-1 (1-4000-3320-9)

In the aftermath of the 2003 Academy Awards, Max and Elena- he's an Oscar-winning writer/director-open their Holywood Hills home to a group of friends and neighbors, industy insiders and hangers-on, eager to escape the outside world and dissect the latest news, gossip, and secrets of the business. Over the next ten... Read more

A Thousand Acres
Written by Jane Smiley, Introduction by Lucy Hughes-Hallett
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | February 2018
$26.00/35.00(Canada) | 978-1-101-90796-2 (1-101-90796-7)

The only hardcover edition of Jane Smiley's most famous novel--King Lear on an Iowa farm--which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1992. EVERYMAN'S LIBRARY CONTEMPORARY CLASSICS. With a new introduction.

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... Read more

A Thousand Acres
Written by Jane Smiley
Anchor | Trade Paperback | December 2003
$16.95/22.95(Canada) | 978-1-4000-3383-6 (1-4000-3383-7)

This powerful twentieth-century reimagining of Shakespeare’s King Lear centers on a wealthy Iowa farmer who decides to divide his farm between his three daughters. When the youngest objects, she is cut out of his will. This sets off a chain of events that brings dark truths to light and explodes long-suppressed... Read more

A Year at the Races
Written by Jane Smiley
Anchor | Trade Paperback | April 2005
$15.00/20.00(Canada) | 978-1-4000-3317-1 (1-4000-3317-9)

“Every horse story is a love story,” writes Jane Smiley, who has loved horses for most of her life and owned and bred them for a good part of it. To love something is to observe it with more than usual attention, and that is precisely what Smiley does in this... Read more