Here is a stunning collection of five stories and a novella that confirms Jane Smiley’s place as one of our most gifted writers. In The Age of Grief, a man meditates on the vagaries of love and family life. Certain that his wife has fallen in love with someone else—and been spurned by him—he tries to recover the good-humored, matter-of-fact heart of the mmarriage where he can keep her from knowing of his own sorrow. Clear and elegant, and filled with the unmistakable sound of real people going about the business—and pleasure—of real life, The Age of Grief is a true cause for celebration.
Jane gives an overview of the book:
Jane Smiley was born in Los Angeles, California, moved to the suburbs of St. Louis, Missouri as an infant, and lived there through grammar school and high school (The John Burroughs School).
After getting her Bachelor of Art at Vassar College in 1971, she traveled in...