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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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