Monday, April 30, 2012

Jane Smiley

Jane Smiley is the author of many novels, including A Thousand Acres, which won the Pulitzer Prize, and Horse Heaven.

From her questionnaire at the Los Angeles Review of Books:

Lunch with any three people who ever lived; who do you invite?

Harriet Beecher Stowe, Marguerite of Navarre, Emile Zola
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Which classic author would you like to see kicked out of the pantheon?

Vladimir Nabokov
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What country would you want to be exiled in?

Do I have money? If so, France, with regular trips to Australia.
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What character or story haunts you?

Numerous, but right now, Anthony Trollope's He Knew He Was Right.
Read the complete Q & A.

Jane Smiley's A Thousand Acres is one of John Mullan's ten best twice-told tales; Horse Heaven is on Megan Wasson's list of eight great books about horses.

--Marshal Zeringue