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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In her first nonfiction work, the author of Barn Blind fashions what she calls a ``friendship quilt'' from interviews with artisans who see their choice to live in the the New York Catskill Mountains region as being significantly entwined with their decision to live by craftsmanship. Fourth-generation Catskill dwellers as well as recent escapees from Manhattan explore a diversity of craft, which Smiley defines as ``the making of useful objects by hand, one at a time.'' New techniquessuch as the use of casting and molds in potteryare implemented alongside traditional ones in fashioning quilts, furniture, paper dolls and stained-glass windows. Unfortunately, charming descriptions of country life wax sentimental and bog down in minutiae; Smiley's intricate descriptions of dry-fly tying, thread spinning and the like won't interest general readers. Examples of the crafts and the lovely rustic environs are evinced in complementary photographs, but the vivid color shots are more successful and sharper than the grainy black-and-white pictures. (December 23)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780517567005
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/23/1987
  • Pages: 192

Meet the Author

Jane Smiley
Jane Smiley
Jane Smiley's power as a writer lies in her ability to evoke her chosen milieu, no matter how far-flung. The Pulitzer winner is able to vary her settings -- from 14th-century Greenland to a modern-day college campus -- as well as her tone, never missing a beat.

Biography

Jane smiley is the author of many novels, including A Thousand Acres, which won the Pulitzer Prize, and Horse Heaven. She lives in Northern California. In 2001, she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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    1. Hometown:
      Northern California
    1. Date of Birth:
      September 26, 1949
    2. Place of Birth:
      Los Angeles, California
    1. Education:
      B.A. in English, Vassar College, 1971; M.A., Iowa University, 1975; M.F.A, 1976; Ph.D., 1978

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