The Age of Griefby Jane Smiley
THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER
Here is a stunning collection of five stories and a novella that confirms Jane Smiley's place as one of our most gifted writers. In "The Age of Grief," a man meditates on the vagaries of love and family life. Certain that his wife has fallen in love with someone elseand been spurned by
"This is a book that will last and last."
THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER
Here is a stunning collection of five stories and a novella that confirms Jane Smiley's place as one of our most gifted writers. In "The Age of Grief," a man meditates on the vagaries of love and family life. Certain that his wife has fallen in love with someone elseand been spurned by himhe tries to recover the good-humored, matter-of-fact heart of the mmarriage where he can keep her from knowing of his own sorrow.
Clear and elegant, and filled with the unmistakable sound of real people going about the businessand pleasureof real life, THE AGE OF GRIEF is a true cause for celebration.
“A fine collection, with a resonating and particularly rewarding novella.” –San Francisco Chronicle
“Impressive . . . brilliant . . . engrossing. . . . This is a book that will last and last.” –The Philadelphia Inquirer
“Thrilling to read. . . . The prose has about it the effortlessness only effort can produce.” –USA Today
“Thoroughly familiar moments are captured by Ms. Smiley with such immediacy and precision that we are left with a sense of having participated in her characters’ lives.” –The New York Times
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The luminous novella and stories in The Age of Grief explore the vicissitudes of love, friendship, and marriage with all the compassion and insight that have come to be expected from Jane Smiley, the Pulitzer Prize—winning author of A Thousand Acres.
In “The Pleasure of Her Company,” a lonely, single woman befriends the married couple next door, hoping to learn the secret of their happiness. In “Long Distance,” a man finds himself relieved of the obligation to continue an affair that is no longer compelling to him, only to be waylaid by the guilt he feels at his easy escape. And in the incandescently wise and moving title novella, a dentist, aware that his wife has fallen in love with someone else, must comfort her when she is spurned, while maintaining the secret of his own complicated sorrow. Beautifully written, with a wry intelligence and a lively comic touch, The Age of Grief captures moments of great intimacy with grace, clarity, and indelible emotional power.
Meet the Author
Jane Smiley lives in Northern California.
- Northern California
- Date of Birth:
- September 26, 1949
- Place of Birth:
- Los Angeles, California
- B.A. in English, Vassar College, 1971; M.A., Iowa University, 1975; M.F.A, 1976; Ph.D., 1978
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