Perestroika in Paris

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Anchor Books
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5.1 X 8.0 X 1.0 inches | 0.65 pounds

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About the Author
JANE SMILEY is the author of numerous novels, including A Thousand Acres, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, and most recently, the Last Hundred Years Trilogy: Some Luck, Early Warning, and Golden Age. She is also the author of several works of nonfiction and books for young adults. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, she has received the PEN Center USA Lifetime Achievement Award for Literature. She lives in Northern California.
"A sparkling screwball-comedy treat . . . If ever there were a year when we could use some light relief, 2020 is it. Perestroika in Paris couldn't have come at a better time . . . It's hard to imagine anyone not enjoying this wistful charmer of a book." --Seattle Times

"Sprightly, fun . . . A lighthearted spree of a novel . . . Here Smiley stretches her talents even further." --Washington Post

"Wholesomely timeless, full of good intentions and happy endings that feel far removed from the problems of the moment." --Wall Street Journal

"A cozy, fairy-tale trot through the City of Light . . . Delightful, heartwarming . . . An appealing balm for harsh times . . . It's such a joy when an author whose work you've been reading for decades surprises you with something unexpected . . . An especially welcome reminder of the bright spots even in dark times."

"In an era beset by polarization and even violent tribalism, it feels like a gift to find a novel in which characters of different species--with different desires and instincts--come together to build a community." --Los Angeles Times

"After writing some of the most brilliant and ferocious fiction of the past 40 years, Jane Smiley takes a gentler approach in Perestroika in Paris . . . Her tone may be genial, but she's as tough-minded as ever . . . Underpinning the novel's abundant humor is a pervasive atmosphere of loneliness and longing for companionship felt by humans and animals alike." --Boston Globe

"A beautifully done story . . . An absolutely extraordinary tribute to Paris." --NPR's Weekend Edition

"An immersive fable . . . Beguiling . . . A comforting read at the end of a difficult year--a winter's tale full of wit, warmth, and charm." --The Economist

"A remarkable novel that splits the difference between Charlotte's Web and Animal Farm . . . Perestroika in Paris takes its place alongside the likes of Through the Looking-Glass, in that it will reward both precocious young readers and their parents with a sense of wonder and whimsy." --BookPage (starred)

"This is the perfect book for those for whom the real world, wracked with pandemic and politics, has become something to avoid." --Publishers Weekly

"The life-affirming grownup fable we all need right about now . . . It might just be the perfect antidote for 2020 . . . Jane Smiley has created a world where kindness is king, and that's exactly where I want to be." --Washington Independent Review of Books