At Paradise Gate Author:Jane Smiley New York Times best-selling author Jane Smiley, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist of A Thousand Acres, crafts a graceful portrait of an ordinary midwestern family confronting the mysteries of death. — While her 77-year-old husband lies upstairs dying, Anna Robison spends her depleting energy defending their home. Their three middle-aged daughte... more »rs and 23-year-old granddaughter have invaded, radiating vigor and good intentions. But the younger women temper their help with squabbling, ill-considered advice, and an abundant supply of their own problems.
Infused with sharp insight, honesty, and emotion, At Paradise Gate is a treat for both the heart and the intellect. Few authors understand the complex dynamics of family as Smiley does, and here she brilliantly captures the simple pleasures and troubles common to everyday life.« less