Smiley, Jane

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The final twist and thus the novel fail in large part because the epilogue introduces an abrupt structural shift and an unsatisfying change in narrative voice for which readers are not well-prepared and which takes the book in a different direction.

A Dangerous Business

Will appeal to historical fiction readers who like a little mystery mixed in, and readers who enjoy women-led Westerns such as Anna North’s Outlawed.

The Questions That Matter Most: Reading, Writing, and the Exercise of Freedom

In this slim yet valuable book, Smiley gives educators, readers, and writers much to discuss. Highly recommended.

Golden Age

A fitting conclusion to the trilogy, leaving readers wondering what the future holds in store for the once united but now far-flung family.

Early Warning

Those new to this multigenerational saga should start with Some Luck. Those already familiar will be eager to continue with the inevitable conflicts among cousins and the appearance of an unexpected family member that await in the third volume. While Smiley's latest offering is not as captivating as the first installment, readers interested in a story well told will be satisfied. [See Prepub Alert, 2/12/15.]

Some Luck

Highly recommended; a lush and grounded reading experience. [See Prepub Alert, 4/7/14.]

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