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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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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

The Sagas of Icelanders
Written by Various, Edited by Jane Smiley, Introduction by Robert Kellogg
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | March 2001
$27.00/35.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-100003-9 (0-14-100003-1)

A unique body of medieval literature, the Sagas rank with the world's greatest literary treasures--as epic as Homer, as deep in tragedy as Sophocles, as engagingly human as Shakespeare. Set around the turn of the last millennium, these stories depict with an astonishingly modern realism the lives and deeds of the... Read more

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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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

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

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
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

Uncle Tom's Cabin
Written by Harriet Beecher Stowe, Introduction by Jane Smiley
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | January 2001
$10.00/12.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-75693-1 (0-375-75693-0)

When Uncle Tom's Cabin was published in 1852, it became an international blockbuster, selling more than 300,000 copies in the United States alone in its first year. Progressive for her time, Harriet Beecher Stowe was one of the earliest writers to offer a shockingly realistic depiction of slavery. Her stirring indictment... 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