Ten Days in the Hills: A Novel by Jane Smiley
Reviewed by Daniel Born
The Common Review
"Being a gifted writer means never having to say you're sorry ? at least when it comes to borrowing. Jane Smiley's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, A Thousand Acres (1991), employed Shakespeare's King Lear as narrative scaffold for her tale of an Iowa farmer and his three daughters. In Moo (1995), Smiley showed she could write academic satire every bit as hilarious as that of Mary McCarthy or David Lodge, employing the usual conventions of departmental turf wars and lusty graduate assistants while giving her version another Iowa twist...." Read the entire Common Review review.