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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.

MFA and Ph.D. in hand, she went to work in 1981 at Iowa State University, in Ames, where she taught until 1996. She has been married three times -- to John Whiston (1970-1975), William Silag (1978-1986), and Stephen M. Mortensen (1987-1997). She has two daughters, Phoebe Silag (1978), Lucy Silag (1982) and one son, AJ Mortensen (1992). Jane is the author of ten works of fiction, including The Age of Grief, The Greenlanders, Ordinary Love and Good Will, A Thousand Acres, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1992 and Moo, as well as many essays for such magazines as Vogue, The New Yorker, Practical Horseman, Harper's, the New York Times Magazine and the New York Times travel section, Victoria, Mirabella, Allure, The Nation and others. She has written on politics, farming, horse training, child-rearing, literature, impulse buying, getting dressed, Barbie, marriage, and many other topics. She is also the author, from Crown, of a book on craftspeople living in the Catskills. Her new novel Horse Heaven is being published in April 2000. She is now at work on a novel about sex set in Hollywood.
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)
Last Hundred Years: A Family Saga
1. Some Luck (2014)
2. Early Warning (2015)
3. Golden Age (2015)
Ellen and Ned
Riding Lessons (2018)
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."

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