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Jane Smiley
1949 -

Novelist, columnist, critic, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for A Thousand Acres (1992) and author of other acclaimed novels and collections of stories

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A Thousand Acres (1992)
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A child who is protected from all controversial ideas is as vulnerable as a child who is protected from every germ. The infection, when it comes - and it will come - may overwhelm the system, be it the immune system or the belief system.

from a column in the Chicago Tribune