Barn Blind

Barn Blind

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by Jane Smiley
     
 

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The verdant pastures of a farm in Illinois have the placid charm of a landscape painting. But the horses that graze there have become the obsession of a woman who sees them as the fulfillment of every wish: to win, to be honored, to be the best. Her ambition is the galvanizing force in Jane Smiley's first novel, a force that will drive a wedge between her and her…  See more details below

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The verdant pastures of a farm in Illinois have the placid charm of a landscape painting. But the horses that graze there have become the obsession of a woman who sees them as the fulfillment of every wish: to win, to be honored, to be the best. Her ambition is the galvanizing force in Jane Smiley's first novel, a force that will drive a wedge between her and her family, and bring them all to tragedy.
Written with the grace and quiet beauty of her Pulitzer-Prize-winning novel, A Thousand Acres, Barn Blind is a spellbinding story on the classic American themes of work, love, and duty, and the excesses we commit to achieve success.
"Chilling . . . Jane Smiley handles with skill and understanding the mercurial molasses of adolescence, and the inchoate, cumbersome love that family members feel for one another."
— The New York Times

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ISBN-13:
9780449908747
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/09/1993
Pages:
218
Product dimensions:
5.19(w) x 8.03(h) x 0.62(d)

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Barn Blind 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was really good, but it was a little wierd. There is a story but not really a plot. It's about a horse family and the mother's obsessiveness that her children do well. Eventually it leads to tragedy. It's a little disturbing, but I would recommend it to all horse lovers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This first novel by Jane Smiley introduces us to her love of horses, mid-western agricultural life and human interactions. A good early yarn foreshadowing her excellent novels to come.