Barn Blind

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Bertrams Print On Demand, Jan 1, 2008 - Domestic fiction - 224 pages
23 Reviews
A woman's vaulting ambition to win, to be the best, becomes a tragically destructive force that drives a wedge between her and her family, and has unforeseen and brutal consequences for them all.

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User Review  - Beverly Steinhardt - Goodreads

I didn't care much for this book. Read full review

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User Review  - Barbara Rhine - Goodreads

Smiley's first novel, this is a terrific portrait of dictatorial mother who raises her children on a horse ranch. By the end, the reader really understands what makes this woman tick. She is monstrous ... Read full review

About the author (2008)

Jane Smiley was born in Los Angeles, California on September 26, 1949. She received a B. A. at Vassar College in 1971 and an M. F. A. and a Ph.D from the University of Iowa. From 1981 to 1996, she taught undergrad and graduate creative writing workshops at Iowa State University. Her first critically acclaimed novel, The Greenlanders (1988), was preceded by three other novels and a highly regarded short story collection, The Age of Grief (1987). In 1985, she won an O. Henry Award for her short story Lily, which was published in The Atlantic Monthly. Her novel A Thousand Acres (1991) received both the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize. Her other works include Moo; Horse Heaven; and Ordinary Love and Good Will. Ms. Smiley's latest novel is entitled, Private Life.

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