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Jane Smiley

Bibliography - horse books only

The Georges and the Jewels

Alfred A Knopf, New York, 2009, illus Elaine Clayton, 232 pp.

UK:  Nobody’s Horse

Faber and Faber Ltd, London, 2010, 266 pp.

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Abby is the daughter of a horse dealer father, and she has problems: problems at school and
problems at home. Abby’s job is to get the horses ready for sale, but her father buys one which
terrifies her.


Horse Heaven

Alfred A Knopf, New York, 2000, 561 pp. Jacket painting: Hanover, C L Zellinsky

Faber & Faber, London, 2001, 699 pp.


A story of racing and its intertwined world: Epic Steam; Residual; Limitless;
Froney's Sis and Justa Bob, a set of radically different horses.


A Good Horse

Alfred A Knopf, New York, 2010, illus Elaine Clayton, 246 pp.

UK:  Secret Horse

Faber and Faber Ltd, London, 2011, 299 pp.

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Abby’s colt Jack is growing up, and Abby’s doing well with Black George. Life seems much more
settled, but then a letter arrives. Jack’s mother, whom Abby’s father bought from a sale, might be
a stolen mare who was in foal to a very expensive stallion indeed.


Children’s books

Barn Blind

Harper & Row, New York, 1980, 218 pp.

Flamingo, London, 1994, 218 pp.


In rural Illinois, Kate Karlsen has 50 horses and four children. She has no help
to look after the horses apart from the children, who are part of her disciplined
and rather unfeeling world until, with spectacular and tragic results, they rebel.

A Year at the Races: Reflections on Horses, Humans, Love, Money, and Luck

Alfred A Knopf, New York, 2004, 297 pp.

Faber and Faber, London, 2004, 287 pp.


Non fiction, this is Jane Smiley’s account of her love affair with the Horse.

Non fiction

True Blue

Alfred A Knopf, New York, 2011, illus Elaine Clayton, 297 pp.

UK:  Mystery Horse

Faber and Faber Ltd, London, 2012, 299 pp.

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Abby buys mystery horse True Blue, whose owner has died. Once she gets him home, Abby
becomes convinced she and Blue are being haunted by his former owner.

Pie in the Sky

Alfred A Knopf, New York, 2012, illus Elaine Clayton, 257 pp.

UK:  Champion Horse

Faber and Faber Ltd, London, 2013, 320 pp.

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Abby takes her horse, True Blue, to a clinic led by a famous equestrian. To her
surprise, Sophia, Miss Perfect, is suddenly the girl who makes so many mistakes
she stops riding. Abby gets to ride her horse, Pie in the Sky. Abby has other
challenges: school and friends are both changing.

Gee Whizz

Alfred A Knopf, New York, 2013

UK: Star Horse

Faber and Faber Ltd, London, 2014,


Gee Whizz is a striking horse: tall and graceful. Abby’s brother is drafted for
Vietnam, and her friends are at school in California. And then her horses, Jack
and True Blue are both faced with opportunities to broaden their horizons away
from the ranch.