Horse Heaven (Paperback) - Smiley, Jane

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Set in the exciting world of thoroughbred racing, this lavishly detailed novel by the author of A Thousand Acres follows a group of trainers, jockeys, and track brats on a two-year journey through the racing cycle. Reprint. *Author: Smiley, Jane *Series Title: Ballantine Readers Circle *Publication Date: 2001/02/01 *Number of Pages: 561 *Binding Type: Paperbound *Language: English *Depth: 1.00 *Width: 5.50 *Height: 8.00


Publisher Random House Inc
Mfg Part# 9780449005415
SKU 30693435
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0449005410
Release Date 2/1/2001
Author Info
Jane Smiley
An only child, Jane Smiley grew up outside St. Louis with her mother and grandmother; her father deserted the family when she was a year old. Her mother was a newspaper editor. Smiley determined from a very early age that she would become a fiction writer. She graduated from Vassar in 1971 and also has an M.F.A. and a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. For many years, she taught at Iowa State. Her first novel was published in 1980. She has been married three times.
"In such a big, ambitious book, there are bound to be a few slow spots. With so many characters in action, it's inevitable that some stories will be more compelling than others....And the novel, as a whole, is so sunny that a realist...might wish for a splash or two of darkness to even out the canvas. But this is HORSE HEAVEN, after all, and a heaven of any kind implies a happy ending....There's a benign deity at the helm in Smiley's world. Her final chapters have a wonderful restorative quality, filled with grace notes and epiphanies that offer a fitting close to this smart, warmhearted, winning book."
"Odds are, even those who've never been to a racetrack and who don't particularly care for horses will nonetheless find Jane Smiley's new novel, HORSE HEAVEN, an absorbing read....Smiley pulls it all off by writing flawlessly..Instead of seeming cutesy--Mr. Ed in literary garb--the animals' point of view (like the humans') is complex, persuasive and thought-provoking..That we take the animals' thoughts, emotions and memories seriously is one of the real triumphs of the book..Coming into the home stretch, it's Smiley's insight into her characters' psyches...that makes this book so winning."
"[Smiley] has produced a winner here, an intertwined, multicharacter narrative that has all the complexity, color, tragedy, comedy, romance and grit of the world she is describing."
"Jane Smiley, whose considerable range has thus far stretched from Shakespearean tragedy to campus satire, has produced a remarkable literary achievement: a resolutely unsentimental horse novel....Throughout, Smiley's pellucid style brings poetry to the dust and greed of the track while establishing firm analogies between the mania of the racing world and the runaway reveries of her human protagonists."
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Annotation Jane Smiley's panoramic novel is about racing--the jockeys, trainers, and fans, and, not least, the horses themselves, one of whom even handles part of the narration. Smiley has lived around horses all her life, and has written about them extensively; during the writing of this book was living on a ranch with 16 of them (plus her family) in California. A New York Times Notable Book for the year 2000.
Editors Note Set in the exciting world of thoroughbred racing, this lavishly detailed novel by the author of A Thousand Acres follows a group of trainers, jockeys, and "track brats" on a two-year journey through the racing cycle. Reprint.
Editors Note 2 Set in the exciting world of thoroughbred racing, this lavishly detailed novel by the author of A Thousand Acres follows a group of trainers, jockeys, and "track brats" on a two-year journey through the racing cycle. Reprint.
Editors Note 3 #1 NATIONAL BESTSELLER A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK"A WISE, SPIRITED NOVEL . . . [IN WHICH] SMILEY PLUMBS THE WONDROUSLYSTRANGE WORLD OF HORSE RACING." --People"ONE OF THE PREMIER NOVELISTS OF HER GENERATION, possessed of a masteryof craft and an uncompromising vision that grow more powerful with eachbook . . . Racing's eclectic mix of classes and personalities providesSmiley with fertile soil . . . Expertly juggling storylines, sheinvestigates the sexual, social, psychological, and spiritual problemsof wealthy owners, working-class bettors, trainers on the edge offinancial ruin, and, in a typically bold move, horses." --The Washington Post"A NOVEL OF PASSION IN EVERY SENSE . . . [SHE DOES] IT ALL WITH APLOMB .. . WITH A DEMON NARRATIVE INTELLIGENCE." --The Boston Sunday Globe"WITTY, ENERGETIC . . . It's deeply satisfying to read a work of fictionso informed about its subject and so alive to every nuance and detail .. . [Smiley's] final chapters have a wonderful restorative quality."--The New York Times Book Review"RICHLY DETAILED, INGENIOUSLY CONSTRUCTED . . . YOU WILL REVEL IN JANESMILEY'S HORSE HEAVEN."--San Diego Union-TribuneChosen by the Los Angeles Times as One of the Best Books of the Year
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Number of Pages 0592
Publisher Ballantine Books

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