Rather than sitting and chewing my nails waiting for election results, I’ve been looking for a new book to read, a new event to talk about. I discovered that one of my favorite authors, Jane Smiley, is coming to town tomorrow to talk about her new middle grade novel, “Pie in the Sky.”
Jane Smiley is a Pulitzer Prize winner for her book, “A Thousand Acres” was published in 1991; she has written more than a dozen novels, a short story collection and several works of non-fiction. What I didn’t know is that she’s been writing a series of children’s novels about horses for the last several years.
When I was a young girl, I was obsessed with horses. The walls of my room were covered in horse pictures, rather than photos of rock stars or movie stars. I went to summer camp just so I could ride, even getting a job in the camp kitchen so that I could stay longer. I would have loved these books as a girl. I look forward to reading them now.
Jane will be at Books, Inc. in Palo Alto tomorrow night, November 7 at 6:30 pm to talk about her newest book “Pie in the Sky.”
“Abby Lovitt doesn’t realize how unprepared she is when she takes her beloved horse, True Blue, to a clinic led by the most famous equestrian anyone knows. The biggest surprise, though, is that Sophia, the girl who never makes a mistake, suddenly makes so many that she stops riding. Who will ride her horse? Abby’s dad seems to think it will be Abby. Pie in the Sky is the most expensive horse Abby has ever ridden. But he is proud and irritable, and he takes Abby’s attention away from the continuing mystery that is True Blue.
And then there’s high school—Abby finds new friends, but also new challenges, and a larger world that sometimes seems strange and intimidating. She begins to wonder if there is another way to look at horses, people, and life itself.
Accompanied by the beautiful imagery of 1960s Northern California, Abby’s charming mix of innocence and wisdom guide us through Pulitzer Prize winner Jane Smiley’s latest middle-grade horse novel.”