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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (187 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jane Smiley Narrator: Suzanne Toren Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 1981 ISBN: 9781436100571
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In this brilliant novel, Pulitzer Prize–winning and bestselling author Jane Smiley delves into the domestic drama of the Robison family. While seventy-seven-year-old Ike Robison is dying in his bedroom upstairs, his wife defends the citadel of their marriage against an ill-considered, albeit loving, invasion by their three middle-aged daughters and their twenty-three-year-old granddaughter. Amply fulfilling the expectations raised by Smiley’s other celebrated works, At Paradise Gate is a compelling, gracefully wrought portrait of inter-generational strife and family survival.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A wise and wonderful book, shot through with rare insight.”

    Des Moines Register

  • “Complex domestic tensions…Honest, moving, quietly splendid.”

    Kirkus Reviews 

  • Smiley's sharp insight, the homely use of details of family life, and the mysteries of marriage set this book apart…One to reread with appreciation and pleasure.”

    Fresno Bee

  • “Studded with sensuous descriptive passages and marked with slivers of insight—a treat for senses and intellect alike. For Smiley, another quite remarkable effort.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 12/18/2013

    " She is such a talented writer. Always compelling and just complex enough without being austere. Liked A Thousand Acres a little better but then again so did the Nobel judges "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kimberlyn | 11/23/2013

    " family comes together at death of patriarch. had to put down... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Doralyn | 11/16/2013

    " So disappointing. Reading this was like wading through mud. I've read other Smiley books and so I was optimistic when I began this novel, but it just dragged on and on with nothing happening. And I didn't like any of the characters. I'm actually surprised I finished it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret | 8/21/2013

    " The family dynamics in this book are very intriguing. I really like the look at the different relationships and especially Anna's love for her husband. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alexine Fleck | 7/6/2013

    " This is a really masterful book, but it was hard to finish. Everything is interior. EVERYTHING. There are some really amazing descriptions and insights, and I can see Jane Smiley really focusing on how small things feel. Sometimes, though, I just wanted there to be action amid all the reflection. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cusmarg | 12/17/2012

    " A 2 star Lifetime movie. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lucy | 12/3/2012

    " good story about an adult family of daughters and parents "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 8/27/2012

    " A portrait of a marriage during the 24 hours before the husband dies while the daughters and granddaughter are helping their mother. This is contrasted by the dissolution of the granddaughter's marriage and the grandmother remembering the many difficulties of her own marriage. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherry Mabry | 4/5/2012

    " I listened to this book while traveling. I was good and shared great insigtht into families. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Margaret | 3/17/2012

    " I've read and liked some of Jane Smiley's later novels. This was an earlier one, and it just didn't go anywhere for me. The relationships among the characters, while interesting, were not compelling enough because I didn't like any of them that much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carla | 11/15/2011

    " I've not read Smiley for a while, and have forgotten just how good a writer she is. She writes internal family drama like no one else I can think of. Here she takes a few key days in a family's life and make a whole world of it, just as our own brains do. So good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherry | 7/2/2010

    " I listened to this book while traveling. I was good and shared great insigtht into families. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret | 4/15/2010

    " The family dynamics in this book are very intriguing. I really like the look at the different relationships and especially Anna's love for her husband. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kimberlyn | 8/12/2009

    " family comes together at death of patriarch. had to put down... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lana | 11/16/2008

    " Very different from my own family, but it rings true. End of life issues are real and poignant. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Doralyn | 3/5/2008

    " So disappointing. Reading this was like wading through mud. I've read other Smiley books and so I was optimistic when I began this novel, but it just dragged on and on with nothing happening. And I didn't like any of the characters. I'm actually surprised I finished it. "

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About the Author
Author Jane Smiley

Jane Smiley is the author of five works of nonfiction and more than twenty acclaimed works of fiction, including A Thousand Acres, which won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1992. In 2001 she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

About the Narrator

Suzanne Toren has recorded over nine hundred audiobooks. She has performed on Broadway and in regional theaters in works penned by Shakespeare, Molière, and Arthur Miller. She has also appeared on Law & Order and in various soap operas. She was awarded the Narrator of the Year Award for her audiobook recordings for the Library of Congress and has earned more than two dozen Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine.