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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 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... Read More

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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 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
$16.00/19.00(Canada) | 978-0-449-91083-2 (0-449-91083-0)

THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER



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



A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK



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






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






Early Warning
Written by Jane Smiley
Anchor | Trade Paperback | January 19, 2016
$15.95/20.95(Canada) | 978-0-307-74481-4 (0-307-74481-7)

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






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






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






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






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






Golden Age
Written by Jane Smiley
Knopf | Hardcover | October 20, 2015
$26.95/34.95(Canada) | 978-0-307-70034-6 (0-307-70034-8)

From the Pulitzer Prize-winner: the much-anticipated final volume, following Some Luck and Early Warning, of her best-selling American trilogy, which brings the beloved Langdon family into our present times and beyond. 
 
1987: the next generation of Langdons are facing economic, social, cultural, and political challenges unlike anything their ancestors have...

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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






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






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






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






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






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






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






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






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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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






Some Luck
Written by Jane Smiley
Anchor | Trade Paperback | July 7, 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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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





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