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Early Warning by Jane Smiley
  

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The second volume of her Last Hundred Years trilogy which begins with Walter’s funeral so we move into the next generation. You must read the first volume, Some Luck, before attempting this for there are many characters to take on board and you will lose so much if you don’t start at the beginning. We are now in 1953 and will continue through some 400 pages to the 1980s so a dramatic period as yet another war is covered; Vietnam. ~ Sarah Broadhurst

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Early Warning by Jane Smiley

1953. When a funeral brings the Langdon family together once more, they little realize how much, over the coming years, each of their worlds will shift and change. For now Walter and Rosanna's sons and daughters are grown up and have children of their own. Frank, the eldest - restless, unhappy - ignores his troubled wife and instead finds himself distracted by a face from the past. Lillian must watch as her brilliant, eccentric husband Arthur is destroyed by the guilt arising from his secretive government work. Claire, too, finds that marriage is not quite what she expected it to be. In Iowa where the Langdons began, Joe sees that some aspects of life on the farm never change, while others are unrecognizable. And though a few members of the family remain mired in the past, others will attempt to move beyond the lives they have always known; and some will push forward as never before. The dark shadow of the Vietnam War hangs over every one ...In sickness and health, through their best and darkest times, the Langdon family will live and love and suffer against the broad, merciless sweep of American history. Moving from the 1950s to the 1980s, Early Warning is epic storytelling at its most wise and compelling from a writer at the height of her powers.

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Gripping family saga. The phrase a great novelist at the height of her powers is so overused, but for once here it really is true. * The Times * Phenomenally powerful . . . Her cast is big, and growing all the time, but Smiley has a remarkable grip on all her characters . . . the third instalment can't come soon enough. * Guardian * There is a great deal to enjoy, and it's a novel in which many readers will happily lose themselves. * Scotsman * Here is one of America's leading novelists writing at the height, breadth and width of her powers. Magnificent. * Daily Mail *


About the Author

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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Publication date

1st May 2015

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Jane Smiley

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www.therealjanesmiley.com/

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Publisher

Mantle an imprint of Pan Macmillan

Format

Hardback
496 pages

Categories

Family Drama
Literary Fiction
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Historical fiction

ISBN

9781447275640

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