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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, Some Luck and Early Warning, the first volumes 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.
Jane Smiley is available for select readings and lectures. To inquire about a possible appearance, please contact Penguin Random House Speakers Bureau at speakers@penguinrandomhouse.com... Read More

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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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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
Knopf | Hardcover | October 2015
$26.95/34.95(Canada) | 978-0-307-70034-6 (0-307-70034-8)

From the winner of the Pulitzer Prize: the much-anticipated final volume, following Some Luck and Early Warning, of her acclaimed American trilogya richly absorbing new novel that brings the remarkable Langdon family into our present times and beyond
A lot can happen in one hundred years, as Jane Smiley shows...

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Some Luck
Written by Jane Smiley
Anchor | Trade Paperback | July 2015
$15.95/18.95(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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Early Warning
Written by Jane Smiley
Knopf | Hardcover | April 2015
$26.95/32.00(Canada) | 978-0-307-70032-2 (0-307-70032-1)

From the Pulitzer Prize-winner: the second installment, following Some Luck, of her widely acclaimed, best-selling American trilogy, which brings the journey of a remarkable family with roots in the Iowa heartland into mid-century America

Early Warning opens in 1953 with the Langdon family at a crossroads. Their stalwart patriarch, Walter, who... Read more

Some Luck
Written by Jane Smiley
Knopf | Hardcover | October 2014
$26.95/32.00(Canada) | 978-0-307-70031-5 (0-307-70031-3)

Longlisted for the 2014 National Book Award

From the winner of the Pulitzer Prize: a powerful, engrossing new novel—the life and times of a remarkable family over three transformative decades in America. 

On their farm in Denby, Iowa, Rosanna and Walter Langdon abide by time-honored values that they pass on to their five... Read more

Gee Whiz
Written by Jane Smiley
Knopf Books for Young Readers | Hardcover | October 2013
$16.99/18.99(Canada) | 978-0-375-86969-3 (0-375-86969-7)

Gee Whiz is a striking horse, and only part of that is because of his size. He is tall, but also graceful, yet his strides big but precise. At the same time, he keeps his eye on things, not as if he's suspicious, but as if he's curious.

When Abby is confronted... Read more

Little Women
Written by Louisa May Alcott, Illustrated by Rachell Sumpter, Introduction by Jane Smiley, Noted by Siobhan Kilfeather and Vinca Showalter
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | April 2012
$18.00/24.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-310665-4 (0-14-310665-1)

A beautiful Penguin Threads edition of Alcott's beloved novel, with an introduction by Jane Smiley

Little Women is recognized as one of the best-loved classic children's stories, transcending the boundaries of time and age, making it as popular with adults as it is with young readers. The beloved story of the March girls... 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

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

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)

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Thousand Acres: the powerful and deeply affecting story of one woman’s life, from post Civil-War Missouri to California in the midst of World War II.
When Margaret Mayfield marries Captain Andrew Jackson Jefferson Early at the age of twenty-seven, she narrowly avoids condemning herself...

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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 Spectator Bird
Written by Wallace Stegner, Introduction by Jane Smiley
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | July 2010
$16.00/18.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-310579-4 (0-14-310579-5)

Joe Allston is a retired literary agent who is, in his own words, "just killing time until time gets around to killing me." His parents and his only son are long dead, leaving him with neither ancestors nor descendants, tradition nor ties. His job, trafficking the talent of others, had not... Read more

Private Life
Written by Jane Smiley
Knopf | Hardcover | May 2010
$26.95/32.00(Canada) | 978-1-4000-4060-5 (1-4000-4060-4)

A riveting new novel from the Pulitzer Prize–winner that traverses the intimate landscape of one woman’s life, from the 1880s to World War II.

Margaret Mayfield is nearly an old maid at twenty-seven in post–Civil War Missouri when she marries Captain Andrew Jackson Jefferson Early. He’s the most famous man their small... Read more

Journey to the Centre of the Earth
Written by Jules Verne, Translated by Frank Wynne, Introduction by Jane Smiley, Noted by P. W. Gogman
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | September 2009
$11.00/15.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-144197-9 (0-14-144197-6)

A new translation of one of the world's greatest adventure Stories

Originally published in 1864, this Jules Verne classic has wowed generations of readers with its portrayal of an imaginary odyssey into a subterranean wonderland. When Axel deciphers an old parchment describing a secret passage through a volcano to the center... Read more

Written by Jane Smiley
Anchor | Trade Paperback | February 2009
$15.95/18.95(Canada) | 978-0-307-47276-2 (0-307-47276-0)

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, among an atmosphere rife with devious plots, mischievous intrigue, lusty liaisons, and academic one-upmanship, Chairman X of the Horticulture Department harbors... Read more

The Return of the Native
Written by Thomas Hardy, Afterword by Jeffrey Meyers, Introduction by Jane Smiley
Signet | Paperback | December 2008
$6.95/7.50(Canada) | 978-0-451-53112-4 (0-451-53112-4)

The classic novel about love and ambition set in the countryside of England from the beloved author of Jude the Obscure.

The rural tranquility of the heather-covered English countryside is the setting for this moving novel of conflicting aspirations and tragic destiny. Clym Yeobright returns from Paris to the village of his... Read more

Hard Times
Written by Charles Dickens, Afterword by Jane Smiley, Introduction by Frederick Busch
Signet | Paperback | July 2008
$4.95/5.95(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

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

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

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)

From Jane Smiley, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel A Thousand Acres: a pair of novellas chronicling difficult choices that reshape the dynamics 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... 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)

Pulitzer Prize winner and bestselling novelist Jane Smiley celebrates the novel–and takes us on an exhilarating tour through one hundred of them–in this seductive and immensely rewarding literary tribute.

In her inimitable style–exuberant, candid, opinionated–Smiley explores the power of the novel, looking at its history and variety, its cultural impact, and just... 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)

Pulitzer Prize winner and bestselling author Jane Smiley’s The Greenlanders is an enthralling novel in the epic tradition of the old Norse sagas.Set in the fourteenth century in Europe’s most farflung outpost, a land of glittering fjords, blasting winds, sun-warmed meadows, and high, dark mountains, The Greenlanders is the story of... 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

Duplicate Keys
Written by Jane Smiley
Anchor | Trade Paperback | November 2004
$15.00/17.00(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