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From Jane Smiley, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel A Thousand Acres: a pair of novellas chronicling difficult choices that reshape the dynamics of two very different families.

In Ordinary Love, Smiley focuses on a woman's infidelity and the lasting, indelible effects it leaves on her children long after her departure. Good Will describes a father who realizes how his son has been affected by his decision to lead a counterculture life and move his family to a farm. As both stories unfold, Smiley gracefully raises the questions that confront all families with the characteristic style and insight that has marked all of her work.

©1989 Jane Smiley (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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  • Sharey
  • 29-01-21

Superb Novellas

These were two very different family stories - - one from the perspective of a woman, one from a man. Smiley is adept at developing characters that come into focus and yet the reader must pay attention to fully appreciate the subtleties of her understanding of the characters and recognize her genius at crafting fiction.

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  • patrice mastrianni
  • 20-09-21

Not her best work

I really enjoyed this author’s book Horse Heaven but these two novellas didn’t thrill me. The first Ordinary Love was the better of the two. Good Will was a tale of a live-off-the-land family with a bizarre son who does violent acts against a classmate. The parents do not at all seem surprised by his behavior or take action to cure him. I felt the parents were in denial and weird.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-06-21

boring way too much

Although the author used good writing technique I feel the writer over exaggerated too many details that took away and distracted from the story plot. Then again the actual plot was very hard to grasp and follow along with and I easily got distracted from it. Did not catch my attention at all unfortunately.