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Jane Smiley

Jane Smiley is the author of numerous novels, including A Thousand Acres, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, as well as five works of nonfiction and a series of books for young adults. In 2001 she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and in 2006 she received the PEN 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 Random House Speakers Bureau at rhspeakers@randomhouse.com or visit www.rhspeakers.com. 

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Some Luck
Written by Jane Smiley
Knopf | Hardcover | October 7, 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
Yearling | Trade Paperback | July 2014
$6.99/7.99(Canada) | 978-0-375-87132-0 (0-375-87132-2)

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






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






Pie in the Sky
Written by Jane Smiley
Yearling | Trade Paperback | September 2013
$6.99/7.99(Canada) | 978-0-375-87131-3 (0-375-87131-4)

Abby Lovitt doesn't realize how unprepared she is when she takes her beloved horse, True Blue, to a clinic led by the most famous equestrian anyone knows. The biggest surprise, though, is that Sophia, the girl who never makes a mistake, suddenly makes so many that she stops riding. Who will... Read more






Pie in the Sky
Written by Jane Smiley
Knopf Books for Young Readers | Hardcover | September 2012
$16.99/19.99(Canada) | 978-0-375-86968-6 (0-375-86968-9)

Abby Lovitt doesn't realize how unprepared she is when she takes her beloved horse, True Blue, to a clinic led by the most famous equestrian anyone knows. The biggest surprise, though, is that Sophia, the girl who never makes a mistake, suddenly makes so many that she stops riding. Who will... Read more






True Blue
Written by Jane Smiley
Yearling | Trade Paperback | August 2012
$6.99/7.99(Canada) | 978-0-375-86232-8 (0-375-86232-3)

True Blue is a beauty, a dappled gray, and when Abby gets to take him to her family's ranch, she can hardly believe her luck. The horse needs a home: his owner—a woman brand new to the riding stable—was tragically killed in a car crash and no one has claimed him... Read more






A Good Horse
Written by Jane Smiley
Yearling | Trade Paperback | August 2011
$6.99/7.99(Canada) | 978-0-375-86230-4 (0-375-86230-7)

When eighth grader Abby Lovitt looks out at those pure-gold rolling hills, she knows there’s no place she’d rather be than her family’s ranch—even with all the hard work of tending to nine horses. But some chores are no work at all, like grooming young Jack. At eight months, his rough... 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
$15.00/17.00(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 Georges and the Jewels
Written by Jane Smiley
Yearling | Trade Paperback | September 2010
$6.99/8.99(Canada) | 978-0-375-86228-1 (0-375-86228-5)

A Pulitzer Prize winner makes her debut for young readers.

Abby Lovitt has been riding horses for as long as she can remember, but Daddy hasn't let her name a single one. He calls all their geldings George and their mares Jewel and warns her not to get attached. The horses are... 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






The Georges and the Jewels
Written by Jane Smiley
Knopf Books for Young Readers | Hardcover | September 2009
$16.99/21.99(Canada) | 978-0-375-86227-4 (0-375-86227-7)

A Pulitzer Prize winner makes her debut for young readers.

Jane Smiley makes her debut for young readers in this stirring novel set on a California horse ranch in the 1960s. Seventh-grader Abby Lovitt has always been more at ease with horses than with people. Her father insists they call all the... Read more






Moo
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






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
$13.95/21.00(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






Charlotte Temple
Written by Susanna Rowson, Introduction by Jane Smiley
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | May 2004
$15.00/17.00(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






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






A Thousand Acres
Written by Jane Smiley
Anchor | Trade Paperback | December 2003
$16.00/19.00(Canada) | 978-1-4000-3383-6 (1-4000-3383-7)

A successful Iowa farmer 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 emotions. An ambitious reimagining of Shakespeare’s King Lear cast upon a... Read more






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






Horse Heaven
Written by Jane Smiley
Ballantine Books | Trade Paperback | February 2001
$15.00/17.00(Canada) | 978-0-449-00541-5 (0-449-00541-0)

#1 NATIONAL BESTSELLER A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK

"A WISE, SPIRITED NOVEL . . . [IN WHICH] SMILEY PLUMBS THE WONDROUSLY
STRANGE WORLD OF HORSE RACING." --People

"ONE OF THE PREMIER NOVELISTS OF HER GENERATION, possessed of a mastery
of craft and an uncompromising vision that grow more powerful with each
book . . ... Read more





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