Horse Heaven

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Random House Publishing Group, Aug 26, 2003 - Fiction - 640 pages
140 Reviews
#1 NATIONAL BESTSELLER A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK

"A WISE, SPIRITED NOVEL . . . [IN WHICH] SMILEY PLUMBS THE WONDROUSLY
STRANGE WORLD OF HORSE RACING." --People

"ONE OF THE PREMIER NOVELISTS OF HER GENERATION, possessed of a mastery
of craft and an uncompromising vision that grow more powerful with each
book . . . Racing's eclectic mix of classes and personalities provides
Smiley with fertile soil . . . Expertly juggling storylines, she
investigates the sexual, social, psychological, and spiritual problems
of wealthy owners, working-class bettors, trainers on the edge of
financial ruin, and, in a typically bold move, horses."
--The Washington Post

"A NOVEL OF PASSION IN EVERY SENSE . . . [SHE DOES] IT ALL WITH APLOMB .
. . WITH A DEMON NARRATIVE INTELLIGENCE."
--The Boston Sunday Globe

"WITTY, ENERGETIC . . . It's deeply satisfying to read a work of fiction
so informed about its subject and so alive to every nuance and detail .
. . [Smiley's] final chapters have a wonderful restorative quality."
--The New York Times Book Review


"RICHLY DETAILED, INGENIOUSLY CONSTRUCTED . . . YOU WILL REVEL IN JANE
SMILEY'S HORSE HEAVEN."
--San Diego Union-Tribune

Chosen by the Los Angeles Times as One of the Best Books of the Year


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Smiley is ever the elegant writer. - Goodreads
She's a wordy writer, be warned. - Goodreads
an epic poem in prose . . . about horse racing. - Goodreads
A lot of insight into the racing world. - Goodreads
Jane Smiley is such a beautiful writer. - Goodreads
Also I thought the book lacked "plot". - Goodreads

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User Review  - Ed - Goodreads

Novel - Recorded version - a complex novel of two years in the world of race horses. Sometimes comic, sometimes tragic - the characters include horse owners, trainers, riders, jockeys, betters, vets ... Read full review

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User Review  - Mary Taitt - Goodreads

I liked it quite a bit, but it seemed a little disjointed at times. Read full review

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About the author (2003)

Jane Smiley is the author of nine previous works of fiction, including The Age of Grief, The Greenlanders, Ordinary Love & Good Will, A Thousand Acres (for which she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize), and Moo. She lives in northern California.


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