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Jane Smiley talks about her novel Private Life ($15.95). This latest novel from a Pulitzer Prize-winner traverses the intimate landscape of one woman’s life, from the 1880s to World War II. Smiley offers a beautiful evocation 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. Smiley is the author of A Thousand Acres.