Jane Smiley

Jane Smiley is an American novelist known for her works such as 'A Thousand Acres,' which won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1992. She has written numerous novels, short stories, and essays, and is recognized for her contributions to contemporary American literature.


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  1. 1. A Thousand Acres

    This novel is a modern retelling of Shakespeare's King Lear, set on a 1000-acre farm in Iowa. The story revolves around three daughters whose father decides to divide his land among them. The eldest two daughters are compliant with their father's decision, but the youngest daughter objects, leading to familial discord. The novel delves into themes of power, jealousy, and the dark secrets that can tear a family apart.

    The 850th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. Moo

    This novel is a satirical take on academic life, set in a Midwestern agricultural university known as "Moo U." The story weaves together the lives of faculty, students, and university staff, exploring their ambitions, failures, and eccentricities. Central to the narrative is the university's financial struggles and the various schemes proposed to address them, including the secret project involving a hog named Earl Butz. Through a rich tapestry of characters and their interconnected stories, the book humorously critiques the complexities and absurdities of university life, the politics of academia, and the changing landscape of American agriculture.

    The 6927th Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. The Age Of Grief

    "The Age of Grief" is a poignant exploration of the complexities of love, marriage, and family life. Through a series of interconnected stories, the book delves into the inner workings of a seemingly stable marriage that is confronted with subtle emotional shifts and the inevitable challenges of intimacy and fidelity. The narrative is anchored by the perspective of a male dentist who begins to suspect his wife, also a dentist, of having an affair. As he grapples with his suspicions and the nuances of his own feelings, the story examines the intricate dance of trust, betrayal, and the bittersweet moments that define the human experience of grief and longing within the context of close relationships.

    The 8882nd Greatest Book of All Time