Greed. Envy. Sex. Property. In her subversively funny and genuinely moving new novel, Jane Smiley nails down several American obsessions with the expertise of a master carpenter. Forthright, likable Joe Stratford is the kind of local businessman everybody trusts, for good reason. But it�s 1982, and even in Joe�s small town, values are in upheaval: not just property values, either. Enter Marcus Burns, a would-be master of the universe whose years with the IRS have taught him which rules are meant to be broken. Before long he and Joe are new best friends�and partners in an investment venture so complex that no one may ever understand it. Add to this Joe�s roller coaster affair with his mentor�s married daughter. The result is as suspenseful and entertaining as any of Jane Smiley�s fiction.
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About the Author
Perhaps best known for her Pulitzer Prize winning novel A Thousand Acres, Jane Smiley is also the author of a number of other books. This list includes the recently completed trilogy The Last Hundred Years, an acclaimed saga about an Iowa family that consists of the books Some Luck, Early Warning, and Golden Age. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and also received the PEN Center USA Lifetime Achievement Award for Literature, among many other awards and honors.
Date of Birth:September 26, 1949
Place of Birth:Los Angeles, California
Education:B.A. in English, Vassar College, 1971; M.A., Iowa University, 1975; M.F.A, 1976; Ph.D., 1978