AWARD-WINNING NOVELIST: Jane Smiley is a legendary novelist with a limitless imagination. A Thousand Acres won the Pulitzer Prize and was made into an award-winning film; since then, she has continued to write both fiction and nonfiction that have won critical praise and audiences all across the country. But it is her novels, including most recently her ravishing, Last Hundred Years trilogy, that have won her the greatest acclaim. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and has received the PEN Center USA Lifetime Achievement Award for Literature.
SALES TRACK: The Last Hundred Years trilogy (Some Luck, Early Warning, and Golden Age) have sold more than 300,000 copies across all formats.
AUDIENCE: This is a magical story for readers of all ages: adults will delight in the humor with which our world is seen through animal eyes; children will love the imaginative power of Smiley’s storytelling—a modern-day Wind in the Willows.
SETTING: Paris is a place Jane Smiley knows and adores, but has never before taken readers to; she does so here with both vivid detail and irresistible charm. The Place du Trocadero, the Tour Eiffel, the boulevards of the 16th Arrondissement; entering a neighborhood butcher’s shop, peering into the window late at night—this book offers a transportive and winning experience of this city.
“A comforting read at the end of a difficult year—a winter’s tale full of wit, warmth, and charm . . . Immersive . . . Beguiling.”
“This is the perfect book for those for whom the real world, wracked with pandemic and politics, has become something to avoid . . . In her fable-like travels around Paris [the racehorse Paras] encounters a wise raven who dispenses advice, an eight-year-old orphan who can hide a horse, and plenty of happy endings—not just for the animals, but for the people they encounter, especially if they, like Paras, are open to seeing the wonders of the world.”
“A remarkable novel that splits the difference between Charlotte’s Web and Animal Farm . . . Perestroika in Paris takes its place alongside the likes of Through the Looking-Glass, in that it will reward both precocious young readers and their parents with a sense of wonder and whimsy.”
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