Good Faith

Version: Unabridged
Author: Jane Smiley
Narrator: Richard Poe
Genres: Fiction & Literature
Publisher: Recorded Books
Published In: April 2003
# of Units: 13 CDs
Length: 16 hours, 16 minutes
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Jane Smiley is a #1 New York Times best-selling 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.

Reviews (3)

Good Faith

Written by Anonymous on May 31st, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I thought this was a very enjoyable read. A good story with interesting characters and a excellent reader who was easy to listen to.

Good Faith

Written by Anonymous from Pittsburgh, PA on May 12th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 1/5

Jane Smiley, as far as I can tell, wrote one good book--A Thousand Acres--which is a masterpiece. This book, is badly written drivel as are most of the other books by her I have read.

You don't have to read on good faith. Good Faith is a great book.

Written by Anonymous on October 3rd, 2005

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Jane SMiley is the number one author today. Nobody can tell the human or equine story like she can. In her novel Good Faith she educates her readers on the dealings of real estate and the human condition. Her writing is real and alive. The world Smiley creates is so bright and interesting. Another gem form Jane SMiley.

Author Details

Author Details

Smiley, Jane

Jane Smiley was born in Los Angeles, grew up in St. Louis, and studied at Vassar and the University of Iowa, where she received her Ph.D. She isthe author of eight other works of fiction. She lives in central California.