Friday, October 23, 2015

Some Luck by Jane Smiley

November 17, 2015

This sweeping, carefully plotted novel traces the history, from 1920 to the Cold War era, of a single Iowa farming family. Each chapter focuses on one year, setting the minor catastrophes and victories of the family’s life against a backdrop of historical change, particularly the Great Depression. As the children branch out from their tiny town, so, too, does the story, eventually encompassing several generations, cities, and cultural movements. The first of a trilogy, this novel was published in 2014, followed by Early Warning and just published Golden Age. Smiley delivers a straightforward, old-fashioned tale of rural family life in changing times, depicting isolated farm life with precision.

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