Some Luck

by Jane Smiley

Part of the Last Hundred Years Trilogy Series

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Some Luck Synopsis

The first novel in a dazzling new epic trilogy from the winner of the Pulitzer Prize; a literary adventure that will span a century in America. 1920. After his return from the battlefields in France, Walter Langdon and his wife Rosanna begin their life together on a remote farm in Iowa. As time passes, their little family will grow: from Frank, the handsome, willful first-born, to Joe, whose love of animals and the land sustains him; from Lillian, beloved by her mother, to Henry who craves only the world of his books; and Claire, the surprise baby, who earns a special place in her father's heart. As Walter and Rosanna struggle to keep their family through good years and hard years - to years more desperate than they ever could have imagined, the world around their little farm will turn, and life for their children will be unrecognizable from what came before. Some will fall in love, some will have families of their own, some will go to war and some will not survive. All will mark history in their own way. Tender, compelling and moving from the 1920s to the 1950s, told in multiple voices as rich as the Iowan soil, Some Luck is an astonishing feat of storytelling by a prize-winning author writing at the height of her powers.

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The Good Book Guide Review

The first book in a trilogy that will span a century, this sensitive and beautifully observed novel begins in rural Iowa in 1920 with young Walter Langdon returned to his home soil after fighting in France, embarking on a farming career with his wife Rosanna. Each chapter covers a year in the family’s life, taking their story through the Depression, the Second World War, and up to the early 1950s. We follow Walter and Rosanna as their children are born, grow, and enter adulthood, each one becoming their own person, each having to find their own path, whether easily or with difficulty. With its episodic structure and its layers of detail built up from the minutiae of everyday life, this is a portrait of a family, universal on one level, highly individual on another, sharp and often unexpected in its depiction of the shifts of fortune.

Some Luck Press Reviews

'So here it is at last, the Great American Novel and, in retrospect, it seems obvious that the great Jane Smiley would be the one who wrote it. Some Luck is a Steinbeckian Little House on the Prairie: a rural tragedy, a domestic epic and an unassuming masterpiece. And, unlike most masterpieces, it's absorbing, witty, painful, pleasurable. You must read it.'

-Charlotte Mendelson, Booker/Orange Prize nominated author of Almost English and When We Were Bad

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ISBN: 9781447275596
Publication date: 06/11/2014
Publisher: Mantle an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781447275596
Publication date: 6th November 2014
Author: Jane Smiley
Publisher: Mantle an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 400 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Literary Fiction,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Jane Smiley

Jane Smiley was born in LA, grew up in St Louis and studied at Vassar and Iowa. She won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Award in 1992 for 'A Thousand Acres'.

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