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Jane Smiley

Biography

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 Center USA Lifetime Achievement Award for Literature. She lives in Northern California.

Jane Smiley

Books by Jane Smiley

by Jane Smiley - Culture, Finances, Politics, Suspense, Thriller

1987: the next generation of Langdons are facing economic, social, cultural, and political challenges unlike anything their ancestors have encountered. Michael and Richie, twin sons of World War II hero Frank, work in the high-stakes worlds of government and finance, in Washington and New York—but their fiercest enemies may be closer to home. Charlie, the charmer, recently found, struggles to find his way ; Guthrie is deployed to Iraq, leaving the Iowa farm—the heart of this enthralling saga—in the hands of his younger sister, Felicity, though Felicity as always, has her own ideas.

by Jane Smiley - Fiction, Historical Fiction

EARLY WARNING opens in 1953 with the Langdon family at a crossroads. Their stalwart patriarch, Walter, has suddenly died, leaving their five children, now adults, looking to the future. As the country moves out of post-World War II optimism through the darker landscape of the Cold War and the social and sexual revolutions of the 1960s and ’70s, and then into the unprecedented wealth (for some) of the early 1980s, the Langdon children each follow a different path in a rapidly changing world.

by Jane Smiley - Fiction, Historical Fiction

On their farm in Denby, Iowa, Rosanna and Walter Langdon abide by time-honored values that they pass on to their five wildly different children. Each chapter in SOME LUCK covers a single year, beginning in 1920 and going up through the early 1950s. As the Langdons branch out from Iowa to both coasts of America, the personal and the historical merge seamlessly.