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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,151 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jane Smiley Narrator: Richard Poe Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Jane Smiley is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for A Thousand Acres. In 2001, she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She delivers a searing indictment of 1980s greed culture in Good Faith, an insightful and provocative novel. Booklist gives it a starred review, raving, “Smiley has never been more seductive than in this acutely entertaining novel …” New Jersey realtor Joe Stratford’s life is just starting to come together. After a difficult divorce, he is eager to start over again. It’s 1982, and times are changing. The realty world that was once so familiar to the honest Joe has become more competitive. Marcus Burns, a New Yorker, has come to town looking for a luxurious home and new business prospects. He has befriended Joe, and offers him a plan to get rich quick. Convincingly, Marcus offers Joe a vision of extravagant homes, country clubs, and shops spreading throughout the countryside. At first, Joe is hesitant, but eventually, the charming Marcus persuades Joe to join him in his risky business venture. There are a few strange coincidences, however. For example, why is the local savings and loan so intent on lending Marcus and Joe the money? Joe begins to wonder whether he may be in over his head. As if his life isn’t complicated enough, Joe is infatuated with Felicity Ornquist. Felicity is Gordon’s daughter, the man with whom Joe originally planned to work. Free-spirited and enchanting, Felicity has finally confessed her love for Joe—but she is already married to another man. Now Joe is not so sure Felicity is what he’s been waiting for.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Smashing…Fascinating…Extremely subtle and nuanced…[It has the] power to beguile and enthrall.”

    New York Times Review of Books

  • “Smiley's range as a writer is always surprising…Every character here is fresh and fully dimensional, and anybody who lived through the '80s will recognize them—and maybe themselves.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Smiley has never been more seductive… expertly crafted and subtly suspenseful.”


  • “Only a writer of consummate craftsmanship and scope could write a novel about a series of real estate deals in a small town and make it so fully satisfying as to be thrilling. Jane Smiley has done it…[Her] range is broad, her technique masterful…[Good Faith is] a cautionary prequel just right for our times. And great fun, to boot.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “There seems to be nothing Smiley can’t write about fabulously well; her insights startle, dazzle.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “An irresistible novel of bad manners, a meditation on love and money that Jane Austen might have enjoyed, if she could have handled the sex.”


  • “Since we live with the legacy of the self-serving 1980s, Smiley's novel seems as timely as if it were set in the present. Penetrating, readable fiction by one of our best writers and social critics.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mysterious Ed | 2/14/2014

    " Novel - Recorded - Joe Stratford is a genial, well-liked realtor in a small New England town who's respected for his honesty; even his divorce was friendly. When smooth-talking Marcus Burns comes to town from working at the IRS where he's learned how to manipulate the law to avoid paying taxes, he convinces Joe and other decent but naive people that it's never been easier to get rich quick. Marcus envisions a multi-use golf club and housing development. The reader knows that the bubble will burst, but not how or when. Joe's having an affair with a married woman, Felicity Baldwin. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Romany | 2/7/2014

    " Loved it. Not for everyone (heavy on the real estate) but totally gripping. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Carol Hunter | 2/1/2014

    " I agree with many of the other reviewers. Although I did like the protagonist, (even though I wanted him to wake up) I found the book much too long with an obvious result, due to the greed of those involved in the savings and loan debacle in the 80s. I finally skipped the last 200 pages to find out what happened in the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Maria Shanle | 1/29/2014

    " Not anywhere as good as her best, but a charming story, with characters I believed in. "

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