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- ISBN: 9781400033195 (pbk.)
- ISBN: 1400033195 (pbk.)
- Physical Description: 403 p. ; 21 cm.
- Edition: 1st Anchor Books ed.
- Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, 2011, c2010.
|Summary, etc.:|| As her husband's obsessions with science take a darker turn on the eve of World War II, Margaret Mayfield is forced to consider the life she has so carefully constructed.
- Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2010 February #1
In her latest novel, after Ten Days in the Hills (2007), the Pulitzer Prizeâwinning author offers a cold-eyed view of the compromises required by marriage while also providing an intimate portrait of life in the Midwest and West during the years 1883â1942. By the time she reaches the age of 27, Margaret Mayfield has known a lot of tragedy in her life. She has lost two brothers, one to an accident, the other to illness, as well as her father, who committed suicide. Her strong-minded mother, Lavinia, knows that her daughter's prospects for marriage are dim and takes every opportunity to encourage Margaret's friendship with eccentric scientist Andrew Early. When the two marry and move to a naval base in San Francisco, Margaret becomes more than Andrew's helpmeetâshe is also his cook, driver, and typist as well as the captive audience for his rants against Einstein and his own quirky theories about the universe. As Smiley covers in absorbing detail both private and world eventsâa lovely Missouri wedding, the chaos of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, the wrenching death of a babyâshe keeps at the center of the narrative Margaret's growing realization that she has married a madman and her subsequent attempts to deal with her marriage by becoming adept at "the neutral smile, the moment of patient silence," before giving in to bitterness. Smiley casts a gimlet eye on the institution of marriage even as she offers a fascinating glimpse of a distant era. Copyright 2010 Booklist Reviews.
Jane Smiley is the author of numerous novels, including A Thousand Acres, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, and most recently, Golden Age, the concluding volume of The Last Hundred Years trilogy. She is also the author of five works of nonfiction and a series of books for young adults. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, she has also received the PEN Center USA Lifetime Achievement Award for Literature. She lives in Northern California.
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