Jane Smiley, 1949-
Ordinary Love and Good Will
- Born in Los Angeles; grew up in St. Louis
- Educated at Vassar College and the University of Iowa (Ph.D.).
- Currently lives in northern California. Married three times, with two children from the
second marriage and one from the third.
- Taught at Iowa State University from 1981 until 1992. Retired from teaching to devote
her time to writing.
- Received the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Heartland
Award in 1991 for A Thousand Acres.
Barn Blind: A Novel. (1980)
At Paradise Gate: A Novel (1981)
Age of Grief (1988)
Ordinary Love/Good Will (1989)
A Thousand Acres (1992)
Duplicate Keys (1993)
The All-True Travels and Adventures of Linda Newton (1998)
Critical Sources and Reviews
- For reviews of the novel, see The New York
Times, November 5, 1989. ("Perfect Family Self Destructs" by Josephine
Humphreys and "Pleasures and Hazards of Familial Love" by Michiko Kakutani,
[book archive search: "Ordinary Love"]
- From the Carl Jung homepage, "A Better Place Than Paradise"
by Dolores E. Brien. (on Good Will)
- Review of a play based on Good Will in Curtain Up Review
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