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A riveting new novel from the Pulitzer Prize-winner that traverses the intimate landscape of one womans life, from the 1880s to World War II.

Margaret Mayfield is nearly an old maid at twenty-seven in post-Civil War Missouri when she marries Captain Andrew Jackson Jefferson Early. Hes the most famous man their small town has ever produced: a naval officer and a brilliant astronomer—a genius who, according to the local paper, has changed the universe. Margarets mother calls the match “a piece of luck.”

Margaret is a good girl who has been raised to marry, yet Andrew confounds her expectations from the moment their train leaves for his naval base in faraway California. Soon she comes to understand that his devotion to science leaves precious little room for anything, or anyone, else. When personal tragedies strike and when national crises envelop the country, Margaret stands by her husband. But as World War II approaches, Andrews obsessions take a different, darker turn, and Margaret is forced to reconsider the life she has so carefully constructed.

Private Life is a beautiful evocation of a womans inner world: of the little girl within the hopeful bride, of the young woman filled with yearning, and of the faithful wife who comes to harbor a dangerous secret. But it is also a heartbreaking portrait of marriage and the mysteries that endure even in lives lived side by side; a wondrously evocative historical panorama; and, above all, a masterly, unforgettable novel from one of our finest storytellers.

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Synopsis:

This riveting new novel by the Pulitzer Prize-winner traverses the intimate landscape of one woman's life, from the 1880s to World War II.

About the Author

Jane Smiley is the author of numerous novels, including A Thousand Acres, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, as well as four works of nonfiction. 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. She lives in Northern California.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307715319
Publisher:
Random House Audio
Subject:
Literary
Read by:
Reading, Kate
Read:
Reading, Kate
Author:
Reading, Kate
Author:
Smiley, Jane
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Eleven CD
Publication Date:
20100531
Binding:
COMPACT DISC
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Dimensions:
6.02x5.04x1.18 in. .66 lbs.
Media Run Time:
810

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