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Jane Smiley

(Jane Graves Smiley)
USA flag (b.1949)

Jane Smiley turned fifty just in time for the new millennium. She lives in California with her three children, three dogs, and her sixteen (and counting) horses. Born in Los Angeles, California, Jane 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 BA at Vassar College in 1971, she traveled in Europe for a year, working on an archeological dig and sight-seeing, then returned to Iowa for graduate school at the University of Iowa.

Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Historical, Science Fiction

Horses of Oak Valley Ranch
   1. The Georges and the Jewels (2009)
     aka Nobody's Horse
   2. A Good Horse (2010)
     aka Secret Horse
   3. True Blue (2011)
     aka Mystery Horse
   4. Pie in the Sky (2012)
   5. Gee Whiz (2013)
Jane Smiley recommends
Cold Earth (2009)
Sarah Moss
"Moss is such a master at evoking suspense... that readers will be tempted to turn to the end of the book to relieve anxieties. Try to control yourself!"
Lord of Misrule (2010)
Jaimy Gordon
"Such a beautifully written novel... remarkable."
Sea Lovers (2015)
Valerie Martin
"She always produces something unexpected and revelatory."

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