Thursday, February 12, 2015

Book Beginning: Duplicate Keys by Jane Smiley


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"I had a key. I was there to water Susan's plants, but I've always had a key."

-- Duplicate Keys by Jane Smiley. This is Smiley's third novel, published in 1984, seven years and two novels before her Pulitzer-winning A Thousand Acres brought her fame.

Although it is described as a thriller and starts with the discovery of two murdered bodies, it is really a story of relationships among a group of friends from the Midwest who moved to New York City in the late 1970s. I love the era and have a feeling I'm going to love the book, even though I just started it.


  1. I somehow missed this one...going to check it out! Love Jane Smiley's books.

  2. Sounds interesting. I hope you're enjoying it.

  3. Hi Gilion,

    As soon as murder was mentioned, my ears pricked up and I was all set to add this one to my list. However, as with a book I recently featured on my own blog, the rock band scene just isn't my thing, despite the 70s era being right on target!

    Much as I am intrigued by your opening lines and am pleased that you are enjoying it so far, it won't be one for me, but thanks for sharing.

    Thanks as always for hosting,


  4. I like Smiley's writing and I grew up in the 70s so this book might be a good choice for me, too.

    My Friday Posts by Anne

  5. duh duh duuuuuuuh. what do they do with said key... nice tease.

  6. Never heard of this one or the author but it sounds interesting.

  7. I am not familiar with the author, so thanks for the introduction. I love murder books, so I will look into this further.
    sherry @ fundinmental Friday Memes

  8. Oh this sounds good! I love a murder mystery and also stories about relationships. I've never read Smiley but I like the intro. I'll definitely have to give this a try!

  9. I LOVE the cover and the title.

    Sounds really good. I love murders and mystery. :)

    Thanks for sharing...ENJOY your weekend.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Book Beginnings

  10. The quote combined with your summary that tells us about the murdered bodies is really intriguing! Thanks for hosting, I'm excited to join this meme.

    Here's my Friday Book Memes.

  11. Short, intriguing beginning. I hope you enjoy this one.

  12. Oh, I can't wait for your review! I just read and LOVED Some Luck and am really looking forward to the two others in the trilogy. I've read 2 other Smileys and I wonder why I haven't read many more!


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