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The Age of Grief
JANE SMILEY

The Age of Grief by Jane Smiley
10 reviews (1987) (224p)
National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction Finalist

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Book Description
The luminous novella and stories in The Age of Grief explore the vicissitudes of love, friendship, and marriage with all the compassion and insight that have come to be expected from Jane Smiley, the Pulitzer Prize—winning author of A Thousand Acres.

In "The Pleasure of Her Company," a lonely, single woman befriends the married couple next door, hoping to learn the secret of their happiness. In "Long Distance," a man finds himself relieved of the obligation to continue an affair that is no longer compelling to him, only to be waylaid by the guilt he feels at his easy escape. And in the incandescently wise and moving title novella, a dentist, aware that his wife has fallen in love with someone else, must comfort her when she is spurned, while maintaining the secret of his own complicated sorrow. Beautifully written, with a wry intelligence and a lively comic touch, The Age of Grief captures moments of great intimacy with grace, clarity, and indelible emotional power.


Other Award Winning Books by Jane Smiley
Moo by Jane Smiley
84 reviews (1995) (448p) (NBCCA)
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A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley
211 reviews (1991) (384p) (PP) (NBCCA) (LATimes) (ALA)
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Ordinary Love and Good Will: Two Novellas by Jane Smiley
  reviews (1990) (p) (LATimes)
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Jane Smiley Award Stats
Major Prize* Nominations 5  
Unique Books Nominated for a Major Prize* 3  
Pulitzer Prize Wins 1 A Thousand Acres ·  
Pulitzer Prize Nominations 1 A Thousand Acres ·  
National Book Critics Circle Award Wins 1 A Thousand Acres ·  
National Book Critics Circle Award Nominations 3 A Thousand Acres · Moo · The Age of Grief ·  
National Book Award Wins 0  
National Book Award Nominations 0  
Man Booker Prize Wins 0  
Man Booker Prize Nominations 0  
PEN/Faulkner Award Wins 0  
PEN/Faulkner Award Nominations 0  

*Major Prize = Pulitzer Prize, National Book Critics Circle Award, National Book Award, Man Booker Prize, and PEN/Faulkner Award

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