JANE SMILEY: HOW HIGH THE MOO?

JANE SMILEY SKEWERS COLLEGE LIFE AND PORK BY-PRODUCTS

Is there anything Jane Smiley cannot do? In between writing penetrating tales of domestic heartbreak (in novellas such as The Age of Grief), she tossed off a 582-page novel that drew upon her knowledge of Old Icelandic (The Greenlanders). Now, having won the Pulitzer Prize and a permanent place in America's gallery of tragedians with A Thousand Acres, a punishingly dark look at sexual abuse that brought King Lear into the American heartland, she comes up with a 414-page campus satire that culminates in the encounter of a 700-lb. runaway hog and a former Pork Queen of Warren County, Iowa.

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