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Fool's Gold

Smith, Jane S.

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ISBN 10: 1581950195 / ISBN 13: 9781581950199
Published by Zoland Books, Incorporated, Cambridge, MA, U.S.A., 2000
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Hard cover, green with gold spine, 340 pages, signed by author on title page, otherwise crisp, bright, and unmarked. Excellent dust jacket Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 22216

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Title: Fool's Gold

Publisher: Zoland Books, Incorporated, Cambridge, MA, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Very Good Plus

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good Plus

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition.

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A hilarious first novel about pagan sacrifice, plundered gold, the Tour de France, and the artistic uses of a Barbie

An American family summering in an unexpectedly commercialized and traffic-choked Provence discover a cache of pagan gold and set in motion a comic adventure of mistaken identity and misplaced ambition. Eco-feminist art critic Vivian Hart is badly in need of a kick start to her career, and a change of scenery. Her husband Richard, a stock photographer, yearns to purify his art of the curse of prettiness. Their golden opportunity arrives in the form of a classified ad in the New York Review of Books: "Ideal sabbatical retreat in the south of France" The Harts sublet their Manhattan apartment and decamp for the French countryside without a second thought, only to find on their arrival - as have so many before them - that all that glitters is not gold. Fool's Gold is a savvy farce about pretension and greed, a tongue-in-cheek reply to anyone under the spell of sunny vineyards and colorful peasants, from Van Gogh to Peter Mayle.

Jane S. Smith is the author of Patenting the Sun: Polio and the Salk Vaccine, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. She served as a writer and consultant for the PBS polio documentary "A Paralyzing Fear," winner of the Erik Barnow Prize for Best Historical Film of 1998. She was also author of the companion volume, A Paralyzing Fear, published that same year. She is also the author of Elsie De Wolfe: A Life in the High Style, nominated for a National Book Critics' Circle Award. She lives in Evanston, Illinois, and teaches at Northwestern University. Fool's Gold is her first novel.

This tart and very funny first novel gives the finger to Peter Mayle's obnoxiously smug books about living the good life in Provence. An entertaining satire on artistic pretensions and greed, Fool's Gold is highly recommended for all collections.

"Smith, an award-winning nonfiction writer, brings her passion for history to her first novel, a smart and hilarious send-up of cultural pretension in general and France's carefully fashioned mystique in particular. Scintillatingly funny and wryly observant, Smith orchestrates a delirious comed

About the Author:

Jane S. Smith is the author of Patenting the Sun: Polio and the Salk Vaccine, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and of Elsie De Wolfe: A Life in the High Style, a National Book Critics Circle finalist. She lives in Evanston, Illinois. Fool's Gold is her first novel.

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