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Jane Smiley HORSE HEAVEN First Edition Signed

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First UK edition, second print hardback published by Faber and Faber Limited in 2000. Signed by Smiley on the title page
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First UK edition, second print hardback of HORSE HEAVEN, by Jane Smiley and published by Faber and Faber Limited, London in 2000. Signed by Smiley on the title page.

The book is in very good condition (clean brown cloth boards and gold lettering on spine which has only minor creasing to the spine edges) with only minor wear to the dust jacket, which is not price clipped (light creasing and very slight rubbing to spine edges, light sticker removal wear to front cover). Internally, the pages are clean and tight and there are no tears and no other inscriptions.

Jane Smiley is the author of nine previous works of fiction, including The Age of Grief, The Greenlanders, Ordinary Love and Good Will, A Thousand Acres and Moo. Her best-selling A Thousand Acres, a story based on William Shakespeare's King Lear, received the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1992. It was adapted into a film of the same title in 1997. In 2001 she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She received the PEN USA Lifetime Achievement Award for Literature in 2006. Smiley chaired the judges' panel for the prestigious Man Booker International Prize in 2009.

"'It's not true,' says a character in Jane Smiley's funny, passionate, and brilliant new novel, 'that anything can happen at the racetrack,' but many astonishing and affecting things do - and in Horse Heaven the universe of horse racing - passionate, cold-hearted, pure, corrupt - is woven into a marvelous tapestry of joy and love, chicanery, folly, greed, and reckless courage.

Spanning two years on the horse racing circuit from Kentucky and California to New York and Paris. Horse Heaven puts us among trainers and track brats, horse-obsessed girls, nervy jockeys, billionaire breeders and restless track wives. Here is the trainer of dazzling integrity and his opposite: a wicked prince of the tract, headed for still another swindle; here are the gamblers and hangers-on. And in an amazing feat of imagination, here are the magnificent Thoroughbreds themselves - from the filly orphaned at birth to Justa Bob, the plain brown horse who always wins by a nose, a lovable 'claimer' who passes from owner to owner on a heart-wrenching journey down from the winner's circle; and the beautiful Mr. T., raced in France and rescued in Texas, who is discovered to have some unusual and amazing talents.

The strange, compelling, sparkling, and mysterious universe of horse racing that has fascinated generations of punters and robber barons, horse-lovers and wits, has never before been depicted with such verve and originality, such tenderness, such clarity, and, above all, such sheer exuberance.

561 pages.

ISBN: 0 571 20540 2

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  • Condition:
    Used
  • Product Code:
    1609
  • Weight:
    1kg
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