Jane Smiley

05 October 2017
432 pages


In her masterfully plotted novel, Moo, Pulitzer-Prize winner Jane Smiley offers us both a sharply funny comedy and a darkly poignant slice of life.

Nestled in the heart of the Midwest, amid cow pastures and waving fields of grain, lies Moo University, a distinguished institution devoted to the art and science of agriculture.

Here, in an atmosphere rife with devious plots, lusty liaisons, and academic one-upmanship, Chairman X of the Horticulture Department harbours a secret fantasy to kill the dean; Mrs Walker, the provost's right-hand and campus information queen, knows where all the bodies are buried; Timothy Monahan, associate professor of English, advocates eavesdropping for his creative writing assignments; and Bob Carlson, a sophomore, feeds and maintains his only friend: a hog named Earl Butz.