Jane Smiley

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Wonderworks by Angus Fletcher review – the power of invention
A close analysis of the science of stories reveals literature’s ability to change its readers, and the world

Jane Smiley

09, Sep, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Jane Smiley: 'I couldn't finish Philip Roth's American Pastoral. I tossed it'
The Pulitzer winner on her love of Trollope, her passion for cooking and the Ian McEwan novel she feels is overrated

Jane Smiley

05, Feb, 2021 @10:00 AM

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Stand By Me by Wendell Berry review – the soul of Kentucky
The farmer-environmentalist’s precisely drawn tales about family loyalties span a century of rural life

Jane Smiley

17, Jul, 2019 @7:59 AM

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Night Train by Thom Jones review – intensity, weirdness and a great ear for idiom
The mostly male characters of Jones’s strange and bracing tales about baby boomers court risk – and sometimes even feel remorse

Jane Smiley

01, Nov, 2018 @7:30 AM

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Top 10 books about horses – Jane Smiley picks her favourites
Childhood classics, colourful racers and memoirs of horse whisperers … the novelist and horse lover gallops through the best riding reads

Jane Smiley

04, Apr, 2018 @12:53 PM

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A Generation of Sociopaths review – how Trump and other Baby Boomers ruined the world
Bruce Cannon Gibney’s study convinces Jane Smiley of the damage her own American generation has done

Jane Smiley

17, May, 2017 @6:30 AM

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The Brittle Star by Davina Langdale review – impressive debut western
This British author’s debut, set during the US civil war, shines light on hitherto overlooked people and events

Jane Smiley

23, Mar, 2017 @3:00 PM

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The Horseman by Tim Pears review – West Country pastoral
The opening volume of Pears’ historical trilogy, about a boy who loves horses, is like a long poem, with each chapter a stanza

Jane Smiley

07, Jan, 2017 @7:30 AM

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Jane Smiley: 'I did not expect the US election to be about women’s issues – stupid me'
The right have been smearing Clinton for 25 years, but Trump is the one with the past. The Pulitzer prize-winning author on America’s race to the bottom

Jane Smiley

11, Nov, 2016 @8:00 AM

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Richard Ford, Joyce Carol Oates, David Hare and more ... leading writers on Donald Trump
The Great Gatsby, Elmer Gantry, The Wizard of Oz – top writers choose books to make sense of the US election

Richard Ford, Lionel Shriver, David Hare, Jane Smiley and others

12, Aug, 2016 @2:00 PM

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Sea Lovers by Valerie Martin review – tales of the unexpected
An abusive painter, a conflicted centaur and a failed novelist inhabit striking short stories that play at the boundary between wit and cruelty

Jane Smiley

13, Jan, 2016 @4:00 PM

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History v historical fiction
Historical fiction is not a secondary form – I was condescended to by a conservative historian who cannot see that he too constructs stories

Jane Smiley

15, Oct, 2015 @4:00 PM

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