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Author:
Jane Smiley
ISBN13:
978-0375702235
ISBN:
0375702237
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Random House Large Print; Large Print edition (March 24, 1998)
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Social Sciences
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Lidie grows increasingly important to us as we follow her travels and adventures on the feverish eve of the War Between the States.

Six years after her Pulitzer Prize-winning best-seller, A Thousand Acres, and three years after her witty, acclaimed, and best-selling novel of academe, Moo, Jane Smiley once again demonstrates her extraordinary range and brilliance. Her new novel, set in the 1850s, speaks to us in a splendidly quirky voice–the strong, wry, no-nonsense voice of Lidie Harkness of Quincy, Illinois, a young woman of courage, good sense, and good heart. Lidie grows increasingly important to us as we follow her travels and adventures on the feverish eve of the War Between the States.

Smiley takes us back to Kansas in 1855, a place of rising passions and vast uncertainties. Richly imagined and superbly written, Jane Smiley's new novel is an extraordinary accomplishment in an already distinguished career. Narrated in the spirited, unsentimental voice of 20-year-old Lidie Newton, the novel is at once an ambitious examination of a turning point in history and the riveting story of one woman's journey into uncharted regions of place and self. A garrulous, narrative not unlike those classics of the period it emulates.

Smiley's most recent works are a trilogy of novels about an Iowa family over the . The All-True Travels and Adventures of Lidie Newton (1998).

Smiley's most recent works are a trilogy of novels about an Iowa family over the course of generations. The first novel of the trilogy, Some Luck, was published in 2014 by Random House. The second volume followed in the spring of 2015, and the third volume in the fall of 2015. In 2006 Jane Smiley received the Fitzgerald Award for Achievement in American Literature award which is given annually in Rockville Maryland, the city where Fitzgerald, his wife, and his daughter are buried as part of the F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Festival.

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Home Jane Smiley The All-True Travels and Adventures of Lidie Newton. The all true travels an. .Smiley is a writer of rare versatility who travels widely in her creative endeavors. She proved her mastery of both short fiction and the novel with three sterling works (The Age of Grief, Ordinary Love and Good Will, and A Thousand Acres); her fondness for history had already been established with The Greelanders. This is a novel that manages to combine the evocative storyteller’s voice with the moviemaker’s sense of drama and visuals, an old-fashioned tale told with contemporary steam and panache. The Philadelphia Inquirer.

lidie is an unforgettable character. The All-True Travels is a showcase for Smiley's range and dexterity, dead-on in its emotional impact and resonant in the painful truths it conveys. "San Diego Union-Tribune. Rendered in sharply lucid prose and filled with wonderful period detail. Lidie's story reads like a long and various dream, brightly colored and brilliantly observed-a journey into a world as troubled, ambiguous, and full of life as our ow. - "Chicago Tribune.

The All-True Travels is a showcase for Smiley's range and dexterity . This book has it all, as lived through the adventures and travels of Lidie Newton.

The All-True Travels is a showcase for Smiley's range and dexterity, dead-on in its emotional impact and resonant in the painful truths it conveys. -San Diego Union-Tribune "Rendered in sharply lucid prose and filled with wonderful period detail. The All-True Travels is consistently absorbing, thanks in large part to the strong, vibrant voice of the unforgettable Lidie Newton. -Good Housekeeping "Packed with action in a setting worthy of a Western shoot-'em-up. She narrates this story as only she could and it is many-sided and multi-dimensional in scope.

Lidie grows increasingly important to us as we follow her travels and adventures on the feverish eve of the War Between the States. Her new novel, set in the 1850s, speaks to us in a splendidly quirky voice-the strong, wry, no-nonsense voice of Lidie Harkness of Quincy, Illinois, a young woman of courage, good sense, and good heart.

A novel on 1855 Bloody Kansas, an armed clash between slaveholders and abolitionists, often referred to as a prologue to the Civil War. The heroine is Lidie Newton, the wife of a slain abolitionist. Dressed as a boy, she embarks on a mission of revenge against his killer. By the author of Moo.

Lidie grows increasingly important to you as you follow her travels and adventures on the feverish eve of the War Between the States. With its crackling portrayal of a totally individual and wonderfully articulate woman, its storytelling drive, and its powerful recapturing of an almost forgotten part of the American story, Jane Smiley is at her enthralling and enriching best. People Who Liked The All-True Travels and Adventures of Lidie Newton Also Liked These Free Titles

See the difference, read #1 bestselling author Jane Smiley in Large Print* About Large PrintAll Random House Large Print editions are published in a 16-point typefaceSix years after her Pulitzer Prize-winning best-seller, A Thousand Acres, and three years after her witty, acclaimed, and best-selling novel of academe, Moo, Jane Smiley once again demonstrates her extraordinary range and brilliance.Her new novel, set in the 1850s, speaks to us in a splendidly quirky voice--the strong, wry, no-nonsense voice of Lidie Harkness of Quincy, Illinois, a young woman of courage, good sense, and good heart. It carries us into an America so violently torn apart by the question of slavery that it makes our current political battlegrounds seem a peaceable kingdom. Lidie is hard to scare. She is almost shockingly alive--a tall, plain girl who rides and shoots and speaks her mind, and whose straightforward ways paradoxically amount to a kind of glamour. We see her at twenty, making a good marriage--to Thomas Newton, a steady, sweet-tempered Yankee who passes through her hometown on a dangerous mission. He belongs to a group of rashly brave New England abolitionists who dedicate themselves to settling the Kansas Territory with like-minded folk to ensure its entering the Union as a Free State.Lidie packs up and goes with him. And the novel races alongside them into the Territory, into the maelstrom of "Bloody Kansas," where slaveholding Missourians constantly and viciously clash with Free Staters, where wandering youths kill you as soon as look at you--where Lidie becomes even more fervently abolitionist than her husband as the young couple again and again barely escape entrapment in webs of atrocity on both sides of the great question.And when, suddenly, cold-blooded murder invades her own intimate circle, Lidie doesn't falter. She cuts off her hair, disguises herself as a boy, and rides into Missouri in search of the killers--a woman in a fiercely male world, an abolitionist spy in slave territory. On the run, her life threatened, her wits sharpened, she takes on yet another identity--and, in the very midst of her masquerade, discovers herself.Lidie grows increasingly important to us as we follow her travels and adventures on the feverish eve of the War Between the States. With its crackling portrayal of a totally individual and wonderfully articulate woman, its storytelling drive, and its powerful recapturing of an almost forgotten part of the American story, this is Jane Smiley at her enthralling and enriching best.
  • Reading books written in or about past eras brings perspective to present day conundrums. Is America more polarized than ever? Not according to Lidie Newton's experience in the Kansas Territory of 1850. At that time, the issue that divided the country was slavery. Smiley's engaging narrative explores the challenges of trying to live peacefully among people who are passionate on two sides of an issue where morality, social and economic drivers, family relationships, and self-interest are hopelessly tangled.

    Smiley does a masterful job of presenting her young heroine's dilemma against a backdrop of history. How do we communicate in a hostile environment? What is at stake? When is it time to take action? Lydie's reluctance to commit one way or the other may not be admirable, but her confusion is genuine. Readers who enjoy the adventure of survival against the odds and the challenge of thinking through moral dilemmas will like the book.

  • Through the eyes of a young Midwestern woman, a gripping history of abolition in the years just before the Civil War. As a new bride she leaves her childhood home in Quincy, Il for a new life in the Kansas Territory. She and her husband, Thomas, a Massachusetts man, begin married life in the turmoil of impending statehood for Kansas complicated by opposing sides in the slavery debate. Lidie Newton survives personal hardship and political violence with courage and insight. Her views on the attitude toward "honor" of a Southern man versus the "conscience" of a New England man pierced me as true.
    This is not an easy read, dense and detailed as the story unfolds, I found myself turning back pages to check an earlier name or scene. But I liked Lidie and wanted stay with her to the end.

  • I am very picky about the fiction I read because most novels don't hold my interest. This one has become one of my all-time favorites. However, besides the fact that the story is gripping, the characters are fascinating and believable, and the story realistically blends from one "adventure" to another, I am a bit biased because I first saw this book in a bookstore in Topeka, Kansas, and I live in Kansas, and I have been interested in the period of "Bleeding Kansas".

  • I love this author, but this book didn't get good for me until the second half. I loved the part about conscience versus honor- much food for thought in these times.

  • I began reading this book while on vacation in Pawley's Island, North Carolina. The book came with the house (Nichols). I was unable to finish it before our vacation came to an end and was tempted to take the book for myself. I resisted temptation and resolved to purchase a copy for myself as soon as I returned home. Waiting for the book to arrive from Amazon.com was torturous.
    From the beginning Jane Smiley draws you into the story with her imagery. I could see myself right along side of Lidie through the entire "adventure". If her heart was broken so was mine. If she laughed so did I. I finished with a sense of actually having visited another time and a sense of having intelligence about the history and mindset of that time. A truly fabulous read!
    Thanks Jane ~ for the adventure. I'll never forget it.

  • The story was too long and some issues were too repetitive. I did not finish it. would not recommend it as a book club reading yet there were some points that brought active discussion.

  • Really enjoyed this historical novellete. I like reading about Victorian times.

  • I loved this book! Great characters and an interesting telling of this history. I live in Lawrence, KS so it makes it even more interesting.