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In truth Mr Jonas Silk was as niggardly as he was jealous, and my sister Beatrice had as much interest in Kansas as she did in the czar of all the Russias, and so my brother Mr. Horace Silk worked out his plans in a white heat of frustrated eagerness.
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But even though I felt her presence, I also felt the habitual fruitlessness of thinking about her. Her images, partly memories of her, partly memories of photos I had seen of her, yielded no new answers to old mysteries.

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Oh, that sound? I'm in the hot tub, reading a novel.

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They throw themselves on the waters of the world, and they know they will be borne up.

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But he was sixty-two when I was, born, and the novelty of daughters had worn away long before.

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Surprised. Then everyone, by unspoken

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Evil people must spread their evil everywhere.

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Every novel I've written has been about finding stuff out. I'm motivated much more by curiosity than by self-expression.

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Hands behind his head. He took another deep breath. The whore

— Jane Smiley

In truth Mr Jonas Silk was as niggardly as he was jealous, and my sister Beatrice had as much interest in Kansas as she did in the czar of all the Russias, and so my brother Mr. Horace Silk worked out his plans in a white heat of frustrated eagerness.

— Jane Smiley

I loved the house the way you would any new house, because it is populated by your future, the family of children who will fill it with noise or chaos and satisfying busy pleasures.

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I have reared, or helped to rear, five children and the scariest bit, bar none, is the learning-to-drive part. It has filled me with anxiety not only about the children, but also about my former self and my friends.

— Jane Smiley

With any novel that you begin, you can't foresee how difficult or easy it's going to be, and you can't really prepare yourself. You just have a take it one step at a time and know that it's all right to keep going - you can always fix it.

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A horse herd was, in its very essence, the manifestation of the expression 'It's always something.

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I love to write about sex. You just have to make it idiosyncratic. You have to have a strong comprehension of your characters, and write it from their point of view. It's really fun. It's not erotic.

— Jane Smiley

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