Jane Smiley
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Jane Smiley

Jane Smiley (born September 26, 1949) is an American novelist. She won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1992 for her novel A Thousand Acres (1991). Born in Los Angeles, California, Smiley grew up in Webster Groves, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis, and graduated from Community School and from John Burroughs School. She obtained a BA in literature at Vassar College (1971), then earned an MA (1975), MFA (1976), and PhD (1978) from the University of Iowa. While working towards her doctorate, she also spent a year studying in Iceland as a Fulbright Scholar. From 1981 to 1996 she was a Professor of English at Iowa State University, teaching undergraduate and graduate creative writing workshops, and continuing to teach there even after relocating to California.
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    • A Thousand Acres

    • By: Jane Smiley
    • Narrated by: C. J. Critt
    • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 336
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 263
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 271

    Three daughters and their husbands are pulled into a tangle of love, jealousy, and fear when their father, Larry Cook, grows too old to manage the family's fertile thousand-acre farm....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • good book bad reader

    • By C. Carlson on 08-07-08

    Regular price: $36.37

    • Horse Heaven

    • By: Jane Smiley
    • Narrated by: Shelley Thompson
    • Length: 25 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 168
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 101
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 102

    Many astonishing and affecting things happen at the racetrack....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • I wish I could review book and narrator separately

    • By Julie Delio on 03-21-07

    Regular price: $22.71

    • The Greenlanders

    • By: Jane Smiley
    • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
    • Length: 27 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 37
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 34
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 36

    The Greenlanders is the story of one family - proud landowner Asgeir Gunnarsson....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Retelling the sagas in a floundering land

    • By John L Murphy on 10-14-16

    Regular price: $39.95

    • Some Luck

    • A novel
    • By: Jane Smiley
    • Narrated by: Lorelei King
    • Length: 14 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 444
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 370
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 369

    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....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Takes Times To Develop But Is Really Worth The Effort

    • By Sara on 10-12-14

    Regular price: $31.50

    • Gee Whiz

    • By: Jane Smiley
    • Narrated by: Angela Goethals
    • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    Gee Whiz is a striking horse, and only part of that is because of his size....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Does not load!

    • By Frank Fogl on 06-10-17

    Regular price: $24.49

    • Pie in the Sky

    • Horses of Oak Valley Ranch, Book 4
    • By: Jane Smiley
    • Narrated by: Angela Goethals
    • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11

    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....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • pretty good especially for young teens

    • By Tracey Cimikowski on 07-04-18

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Golden Age

    • A Novel
    • By: Jane Smiley
    • Narrated by: Lorelei King
    • Length: 17 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 99
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 90
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 89

    Michael and Richie, the rivalrous twin sons of World War II hero Frank, work in the high-stakes world of government and finance in Washington and New York....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • brilliant and moving masterpiece

    • By Jean Tepperman on 12-17-15

    Regular price: $38.50

    • The Georges and the Jewels

    • Horses of Oak Valley Ranch, Book 1
    • By: Jane Smiley
    • Narrated by: Angela Goethals 
    • Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 20

    Abby Lovitt has been riding horses for as long as she can remember, but Daddy hasn't let her name a single one....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Thoroughly enjoyed it

    • By C Bismuth on 05-21-17

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Private Life

    • By: Jane Smiley
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 13 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 50
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 21

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

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Perfect Marriage of Text and Narrator

    • By cocopuff on 05-15-17

    Regular price: $31.50

    • Moo

    • By: Jane Smiley
    • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
    • Length: 16 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 90
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 53
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 53

    Everyone at the large agricultural college dubbed Moo U. has an agenda. Whether it's massaging data, running secret experiments, or seducing the powerful....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Totally hilarious and too true

    • By Barry on 09-14-12

    Regular price: $38.47

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