For Her First Trilogy, Jane Smiley Returns To Iowa, 'Where The Roots Are'

October 5, 2014 1:30 PM

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For Her First Trilogy, Jane Smiley Returns To Iowa, 'Where The Roots Are'

Author Jane Smiley has a fondness for dogs. She has a couple at her home in Carmel Valley, Calif., where she lives with her husband. One of those dogs, Fallon, has a special talent: He likes to sing. And Smiley likes to accompany him on a banjo she bought back in 1972 when she was living in Iowa.

Smiley spent 24 years in Iowa. She's been gone for a long time now, but something about the place still seems to pull on her imagination.

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