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Twenty Yawns

by Jane Smiley

|April 1, 2016

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Lucy goes to the beach with her parents one breezy day. After lots of digging and rolling down dunes, the day has flown by, and it?s time to go home and go to bed. Lucy yawns and as her mom reads a story, she closes her eyes. But then all of a sudden, she wakes…

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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…

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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…

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A Washington Post Notable Book One of the Best Books of the Year: NPR, St. Louis Post-Dispatch , Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel , BookPage It’s 1987, and the next generation of Langdons is facing economic, social, and political challenges unlike anything their…

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“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…

Good Faith

by Jane Smiley

|May 11, 2004

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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,…

Early Warning

by Jane Smiley

|January 12, 2016

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One of the Best Books of the Year: San Francisco Chronicle It’s 1953, and the Langdons are at a crossroads. Walter, their stalwart patriarch, has died unexpectedly, and his wife must try to keep their farm going. But of their five children, only one will…

Private Life

by Jane Smiley

|June 14, 2011

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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…

Some Luck

by Jane Smiley

|August 17, 2015

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A New York Times Bestseller A Pulitzer Prize-winning Author A National Book Award Nominee A Best Book of the Year 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.…

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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,…

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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.…

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True Blue is a beauty, a dappled gray, and when Abby gets to take him to her family's ranch, she can hardly believe her luck. The horse needs a home: his owner—a woman brand new to the riding stable—was tragically killed in a car crash and no one has…