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Good Faithby Jane Smiley
Author Q & A
Q: What gave you the idea for Good Faith?
A: My boyfriend told me a story about some people he knew in the 1980s. His story meshed with thoughts I had already had about the failures of deregulation. I have always considered "James Watt" fighting words. In addition, I wanted to write another novel about what Barbara Ehrenreich used to call "the worst years of our lives."
Q: In reading Good Faith, one can't help but think about the recent events in Corporate America, Enron specifically. Was that on your mind as you wrote this novel?
Q: Good Faith is full of details about house building, selling, development, Savings & Loans, etc. What kind of research went into this novel?
Q: Many people think of the 1980s as a rather grim decade. Why did you want to tell this story against the backdrop of the 1980s, and do you think there are lessons we learned coming out of that time?
Q: This novel follows Horse Heaven. So, who do you like writing about more, animals or people?
Q: Good Faith picks up on some of the themes you wrote about in A Thousand Acres — land, money, greed, good intentions — on a very different landscape (Suburban New Jersey). What is it about land that can make people crazy?
Q: You last book was set in the world of horse racing. This book the world of real estate and investing. Both examine the idea of Risk and "Betting on a sure thing." So, do you think there is any such thing as a sure thing?
Q: So Jane, there are some very steamy sex scenes in Good Faith. I have to ask A) how the idea of sex fits in with the idea of risk and investment, and B)are these fun to write?
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