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Perestroika in Paris
A novel
By (author): Jane Smiley
9780525520351 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Literary Dec 01, 2020
$35.95 CAD
Forthcoming 5.39 x 8.14 x 1.12 in | 0.93 lb 288 pages 1 MAP; COLORED ENDS Alfred A. Knopf Knopf
“Is there anything Jane Smiley cannot do?…She turns literary and stylistic cartwheels.”—Time

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning and best-selling author, a captivating, brilliantly imaginative story of three extraordinary animals—and a young boy—whose lives intersect in Paris


Paras, short for “Perestroika,” is a spirited racehorse at a racetrack west of Paris. One afternoon at dusk, she finds the door of her stall open and—she’s a curious filly—wanders all the way to the City of Light. She’s dazzled and often mystified by the sights, sounds, and smells around her, but she isn’t afraid.

Soon she meets an elegant dog, a German shorthaired pointer named Frida, who knows how to get by without attracting the attention of suspicious Parisians. Paras and Frida coexist for a time in the city’s lush green spaces, nourished by Frida’s strategic trips to the vegetable market. They keep company with two irrepressible ducks and an opinionated raven. But then Paras meets a human boy, Etienne, and discovers a new, otherworldly part of Paris: the ivy-walled house where the boy and his nearly-one-hundred-year-old great-grandmother live in seclusion.

As the cold weather and Christmas near, the unlikeliest of friendships bloom. But how long can a runaway horse stay undiscovered in Paris? How long can a boy keep her hidden and all to himself? Jane Smiley’s beguiling new novel is itself an adventure that celebrates curiosity, ingenuity, and the desire of all creatures for true love and freedom.

Story Locale: Paris, France

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.

JANE SMILEY is the author of numerous novels, including A Thousand Acres, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, and most recently, The Last Hundred Years Trilogy: Some Luck, Early Warning, and Golden Age. She is also the author of several works of nonfiction and books for young adults. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, she has also received the PEN Center USA Lifetime Achievement Award for Literature. She lives in Northern California.

Author Residence: Carmel Valley, CA

Author Hometown: St. Louis, MO

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Publicity: National Media Appearances, including NPR and Print Features

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“A comforting read at the end of a difficult year—a winter’s tale full of wit, warmth, and charm . . . Immersive . . . Beguiling.”
The Economist

“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.”
Publishers Weekly

“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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