Ten Days in the Hills by Jane Smiley

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In the aftermath of the 2003 Academy Awards, Max and Elena- he's an Oscar-winning writer/director-open their Holywood Hills home to a group of friends and neighbors, industy insiders and hangers-on, eager to escape the outside world and dissect the latest news, gossip, and secrets of the business. Over the next ten days, old lovers collide, new relationships form, and sparks fly, all with Smiley's signature sparkling wit and characterization.

With its breathtaking passion and sexy irreverence, Ten Days in the Hills is a glowing addition to the work of one of our most beloved novelists.


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About Jane Smiley

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JANE SMILEY is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Thousand Acres and more than ten other works of fiction, as well as three works of nonfiction, including a critically acclaimed biography of Charles Dickens. In 2001 she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She lives in northern California.
 
Published February 13, 2007 by Anchor. 466 pages
Genres: Romance, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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It’s March 24, 2003, the morning after the Oscars, and Max’s house is filled with guests: insecure Stoney, who inherited the job of Max’s agent from his more dynamic father;

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The New York Times

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And so, in “Ten Days in the Hills,” we have not just the potentially diverting spectacle of 10 residents and sojourners in the city of Los Angeles engaging in promiscuous verbal intercourse, punctuated by bouts of the other kind, but also a modern recasting of “The Decameron.” In that book, 10 pr...

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The New York Times

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About halfway through Jane Smiley’s new novel, a therapist and self-professed healer named Paul — who has spent the last couple of days at an interminable house party at a movie director’s house overlooking Los Angeles — grows exasperated with his fellow guests.

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The Guardian

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In Jane Smiley's Ten Days in the Hills, two activities fill the time: conversation and sex.

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The Guardian

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Jane Smiley was not disconcerted to be asked about sex in fiction (her novel has many close descriptions of sex, from both female and male points of view), but she was surprised to hear that unhampered sex might distinguish American from British fiction.

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The Guardian

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After all, she suggests, in a typical Smiley sentence, which tend to expand like ripples on the surface of one of David Hockney's Bel-Air swimming pools: 'It was all very well to sit here under a lovely pergola between an attractive house and an amazing aviary with three interesting and friendly ...

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The Guardian

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If you have read The Decameron by Boccaccio, you will enjoy Jane Smiley's Ten Days in the Hills more than if you haven't.

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The Guardian

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It sounds daft, but the book - in an amazing coup - ends with Karoo's soaringly beautiful pitch for it.

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Book Reporter

In the case of TEN DAYS IN THE HILLS, the setting is the Hollywood Hills and the year is 2003, the day after the Academy Awards and the start of the current Iraq war.

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AV Club

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But the Californians' fatal habits of frankness and therapeutic avoidance of avoidance mean that the war, bubbling underneath every stray story about Henry Miller or Lee Strasberg or the private pornographic productions of famous Disney animators, sometimes becomes the actual topic of conversation.

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The Bookbag

Summary: Join a cast of characters from the film industry for 10 Days In The Hills, as they recover from the Oscars and take some time out to discuss their lives and the world around them.

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USA Today

Elena is obsessed with Iraq, and she becomes, presumably, Smiley's (tiresome) anti-war mouthpiece throughout the novel.Elena and Max are just two members of Smiley's overstuffed cast: Soon more family and friends show up at Max's house in the hills and stay for 10 claustrophobic days (with a fiel...

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PopMatters

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Bookmarks Magazine

Whitney Gould Critical Summary Jane Smiley, who won the 1992 Pulitzer Prize for A Thousand Acres, has written on a range of topics: horses, midwestern university life, real estate, Greenland, and, most recently, literature (13 Ways of Looking at the Novel, 3.5 of 5 Stars Jan/Feb 2006).

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The New York Review of Books

In Ten Days in the Hills, evidently fascinated by Boccaccio’s Decameron, she begins by adopting the same formal structure: ten people at a house party, telling stories, albeit what Henry James called “concise anecdote” in the place of full-blown formal tales—little stories about gruesome murders ...

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Project MUSE

Such a connection is clearer in Smiley's model, Boccaccio's Decameron, in which ten people remove to a villa in Italy, escaping the Black Plague, and tell stories of love, one each for ten days;

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