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Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Novel
Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Novel
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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, candid, opinionated—Smiley explores the power of the novel, looking at its history and variety, its cultural impact, and just how it works its magic. She invites us behind the scenes of novel-writing, sharing her own habits and spilling the secrets of her craft. And she offers priceless advice to aspiring authors. As she works her way through one hundred novels—from classics such as the thousand-year-old Tale of Genji to recent fiction by Zadie Smith and Alice Munro—she infects us anew with the passion for reading that is the governing spirit of this gift to book lovers everywhere.
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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, candid, opinionated—Smiley explores the power of the novel, looking at its history and variety, its cultural impact, and just how it works its magic. She invites us behind the scenes of novel-writing, sharing her own habits and spilling the secrets of her craft. And she offers priceless advice to aspiring authors. As she works her way through one hundred novels—from classics such as the thousand-year-old Tale of Genji to recent fiction by Zadie Smith and Alice Munro—she infects us anew with the passion for reading that is the governing spirit of this gift to book lovers everywhere.

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About Jane

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...

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Published Reviews

Nov.19.2007

[T]his powerful and poignant book doesn't lean against [King] Lear for support. Jane Smiley takes the truths therein and lights them up her way, making the perils of family and property and being a...

Oct.26.2007

Her great virtue as a writer about horses is her emotional candor. Most horse owners, in an effort to appear rational, try to refrain from talking about how deeply they love their animals or from telling...