Some Luck (Last Hundred Years Trilogy: A Family Saga)

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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. Smiley, like one of her characters contemplating the guests at the Thanksgiving table, begins with an empty house and fills it with twenty-three different worlds, each one of them rich and mysterious. The New Yorker
What s unusual about Some Luck is how closely it s meant to mimic real life, and yet how important Smiley s gifts as a novelist are to achieving that effect. The way the story unfolds makes it feel not so much like reading a novel as catching up with relatives every couple of months, finding out who s been up to what and comparing stories. Characters reminisce about scenes from earlier in the book that start to feel like our memories, too. Smiley s ability to sketch a scene, to bring to life the quiet incidents as well as the big ones the moment when something finally makes sense, or a decision is reached, or someone lets slip something they shouldn t are what transform the family stories into literature . . . Some Luck draws the reader in with easy charm. Christine Pivovar, Kansas City Star
A magnificent achievement . . . Pulitzer Prize-winning Smiley has embarked on an audacious project: the first volume of an epic family chronicle that spans the past century. She pulls it off handily; her touch is light and assured. With each passing year, the Langdons respond to the events that shaped America itself . . . While written with humor and affection, Some Luck is a constant reminder of how fleeting life really is. Babies arrive with little warning. Children die in freak accidents. Families care for their aging and failing elders. Walter and Rosanna both worry constantly about their farm and their family. In the end, it all comes down to luck. Amy Goodfellow Wagner, Examiner.com
The fertile first installment of Smiley s century-spanning trilogy of fatalism, farm life and family a big story of a big family in a big country. [But] the focus is up-close and intimate: Smiley cultivates her characters in scenes that are sometimes lightly comical, touchingly sad, sweet, or slightly strange, and they are always perfectly, beautifully true to life. She gives every Langdon careful consideration endowing each of them with discrete likes, dislikes, private thoughts, and secret hopes and fears but it is Frank, the baby born on New Year s Day, 1920, who breaks the mold . . . The reader longs for the Golden Age of the early chapters and the way of life we know will not survive, even as we eagerly await the sequel. And all we can do is wait, patiently. Sandra Levis, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Engaging. . . . Smiley is a self-assured writer, a skillful stylist who launches her story from a baby s-eye view. She plumbs the drama in ordinary life, hitting all our nostalgia buttons on the way, from the one-room schoolhouse and horse-drawn plow to the TV set. As the landscape changes, from a vista of corn fields and self-sufficiency to green lawns and consumerism, Smiley is a master of the telling detail . . . Populated by sympathetic characters who take what life brings, [this] is a look back at what feels like simpler times. Family is Smiley s turf, and she plays it well. Ellen Emry Heltzel, The Seattle Times
The wonderful first installment of Smiley s The Last Hundred Years Trilogy, which tells the story of an Iowa farm family from 1920 to 2019. As far as I m concerned, the next two cannot follow soon enough . . . Over the years, the Langdons will have six children, each with their own interesting life, messy desires and flaws that will compel them out into the world, some far from the farm that the family both loathes and loves. There are deaths, blizzards, droughts, and accidents, as well as births, celebrations and beautifully narrated family meals, like a particular Thanksgiving near the end of the novel . . . Extremely satisfying. Natalie Serber, The Oregonian
Brilliant . . . Smiley is one of America s most accomplished and wide-ranging novelists, [and] Some Luckfinds her in her most tender mode. I happened to be reading Farmer Boyby Laura Ingalls Wilder to my daughter at the same time I was enjoying Some Luck; and Some Luckholds up well against Wilder s classic in its lovely, precise portrayal of the day-to-day rhythms of agriculture and what it s like to be a child growing up inside the close, hardworking, economic unit of the family farm. But it also extends beyond Wilder s scope, as you d expect in a novel for adults. There are cow milking and field plowing in Some Luck, but there are also duplicity, romance and despair . . . Smiley moves through several characters perspectives, writing in an old-fashioned, Tolstoyan omniscience that even explores the mind of [a] baby . . . As the Langdons five children grow up and scatter from coast to coast, Some Luckdemonstrates how events on an isolated, unsophisticated farm in the middle of the country represent and influence the larger story of America. Jenny Shank, Dallas Morning News
Satisfying . . . captivating . . . the reading experience is rewarding. Rebecca Kelley, Bustle
Unforgettable, graceful . . . The characters in Smiley s latest novel take what life throws at them drought, freezes, economic catastrophe, death, war, progress and carry on. Despite its epic scope, which embraces political and social changes, Some Luckis also intimate, and deeply observant. Smiley uses small moments and events to build a bigger, multifaceted picture of a country during decades of great change. What seems simple at first grows profound in her hands and her skillful prose. With plain materials she builds rich portraits of her Langdons: Walter, Rosanna, [and] their five children are rendered in vivid, indelible strokes . . . A simple, remarkable scene nothing fancy, just a loud, large family gathered for a Thanksgiving meal leaves you with that warm feeling you get when you flip through old family photo albums, marveling at the past. In Some Luck, Smiley brings that past to life. You don t have to have been raised on an Iowa farm to think: That sounds like my grandmother, my aunt, my father, my brother. That sounds like us. Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
A ravishing and defiantly old-fashioned novel set on the same Iowa soil Smiley tilled in her Pulitzer Prize-winning A Thousand Acres . . . . Reminiscent of the work of Willa Cather and Alice Munro, Some Luck chronicles one family s triumphs and travails as they work to wrest a living from their farm. Opening in 1920, [it] tracks the fates of Walter and Rosanna Langdon and their children over three decades. Their union endures, roiled by doubt at times, yet rooted in a bone-deep connection. Some Luck ingeniously spirals outward from the farm and back again, capturing the arc of personal and historical change in forthright prose that unexpectedly takes flight. Hamilton Cain, O, The Oprah Magazine
Fansof old-fashioned family sagas featuring historical sweep are in (ahem) some luck. Like A Thousand Acres, Some Luckconveys a deep understanding of both the endless work and worries of agrarian life and the foremost question among children raised on the land whether to stay or go. Some Luck s narrative shifts focus among various members of the Langdon family, including its youngest. What s it all about, having a family? Rosanna s reflections during a Thanksgiving gathering in 1948 a perfectly written scene [and] the climax and beating heart of Some Luck captures the payoff, the sudden moments of grace that can astonish and melt even the most exhausted, unsentimental readers. An intimate, telling portrait of the changing landscape of hearth and home in twentieth-century America . . . The writing positively soars. Heller McAlpin, The B&N Review
Sweeping, bold, and completely engrossing . . . arguably Smiley s finest work she delivers with Some Luck. It moves swiftly, keeping the reader turning the pages. Smiley s reach is wide and assured. Few authors are able to write equally well about war strategy, Communism, cover crops, and postpartum depression. Smiley can, and does, such that when Some Luckcloses it feels sudden, despite the novel s length. The reader isn t ready to leave the Langdons behind. Take consolation in knowing there is more to come: Some Luckis the first installment of a promised trilogy. In this case, the luck is all ours. Diane Leach, PopMatters
Sweeping . . . Smiley s most commanding novel yet. She is a master storyteller that rare three-fer: meticulous historian, intelligent humorist and seasoned literary novelist . . . But what makes a Smiley novel identifiably and deliciously hers alone is a unique brand of impassioned critical patriotism. She makes us see, in the kindest, gentlest way, that we re a lot more wonderful, and a lot more screwed up as a nation, as a people, as families, as individuals than we think we are. Some Luck contextualizes three decades of American history by zooming in on one multi-generational farm family. Births and deaths, triumphs and tragedies are rendered in a [way] that mirrors the Midwestern landscape, language and temperament. The low, quiet hum of the narrative voice provides a contrast for the family s crises, each of which serves to connect the reader to her characters . . . The rolling out of all those life events, big and small, have a cumulative effect, [and] by the end, the attachment to the Langdons is enough to make the reader count down the days to Book Two. Meredith Maran, Los Angeles Times
Midwestern farm country has proved fertile soil for fiction writers, and no one has cultivated it to such fine effect as Smiley. This new novel, the first in a Balzacian project the saga of the American family sprung from immigrant stock rooted in farmland follows a family through major events of the first half of the 20th century. Smiley s range is, as ever, remarkable: she inhabits the heroic firstborn, the diffident little brother, the angelic girl, the bookish boy, the [child who is an] afterthought, always managing to convey the specific nature of each character s experience, even as her narrative balances birth order as fate against character as destiny. The cumulative experiences of these people, all depicted with such convincing care and detail, convey a sense of the relations that create a world. Ellen Akins, Minneapolis Star Tribune

Delightfully engaging, a novel full of pleasures both large and small. History makes its way into the story realistically and unobtrusively the history is personal, told in stories passed down through generations. The chronological approach allows the novel room to breathe . . . Smiley clearly enjoys her characters without being besotted by them. Her writing has an edge of gentle humor about a place that has four seasons: mud, heat, harvest exhaustion, and snow. Margaret Quamme, The Columbus Dispatch

Engrossing . . . While Some Luck evokes the Iowa landscape Smiley knows well, the novel is as much about the passage of time as the people inhabiting it. As the years pass and crops grow, so does the Langdon family. Parents Walter and Rosanna have their first child, Frank. Smart, charismatic and restless, he s followed by sensitive, reliable Joe; sweet-natured Lillian; bookish Henry; and baby Claire. From birth, each is an indelible character . . . All ordinary people are extraordinary, she says. I don t actually believe in the concept of ordinary people. I think individuals are always interesting . . . They have unique lives, and things happen to them. They all have adventures. Georgia Rowe, San Jose Mercury News
Fascinating an impressive accounting of family life . . . Some Luck would qualify as Smiley s magnum opus if this, her 14th novel, were a single work and not the first in her trilogy. [As] the story, told from the multiple viewpoints of the Langdon family, moves through history, Smiley portrays her characters with such clarity that we care about their fate . . . The book s message [is] that farm life is a harrowing enterprise, needful of great reserves of fortitude. Frank will grow up handsome, brilliant and heartless the mesmerizing center of the book . . . No one captures the rhythms of ordinary life like Smiley does: babies, sewing, cooking . . . In 1992 Smiley s A Thousand Acres won the Pulitzer for fiction and looked to stand as her epic achievement, retelling King Lear in Iowa. Now, with Some Luck and a return to the heartland, the remarkable Smiley just got a little more remarkable. Barbara Liss, Houston Chronicle
A masterpiece in the making . . . intimate, miraculous the auspicious beginning of an American saga every bit as ambitious as Updike s magnum opus, anchored in the satisfactions and challenges of life on a farm, but expand[ing] to various American cities and beyond . . . Frank is one of the most fascinating and complex characters in recent fiction. The way Smiley gets deep inside [all] the children s heads is a staggering literary feat in which we see human character being assembled in something that feels like real time. An abundant harvest. Kevin Nance, USA Today
Engaging, bold . . . Smiley delivers a straightforward, old-fashioned tale of rural family life in changing times, depicting isolated farm life with precision . . . It is especially satisfying to hear a powerful writer narrate men s and women s lives lovingly and with equal attention. Subtle, wry and moving. Valerie Sayers, The Washington Post
Convincing . . . A young couple, Walter and Rosanna Langdon, are just setting out on their own [in] 1920. Eventually they will have five children; Smiley gives each of them a turn in the spotlight, filling in the details of their lives and drawing the reader into a story meant to last a long time . . . Smiley has been compared to some of the great writers of the 19th century, [and] in that tradition, she gives her trilogy the sweep of history. But what interests her most is the way historic events play out in the lives of one family whose roots are deeply embedded in the middle of America. Lynn Neary, NPR Weekend Sunday Edition
Smiley is prolific [and] seemingly writes the way her idol Dickens did as easily as if it were breathing . . . She made up her mind at an early age that she was going to master not just one genre, but all of them. Her new book is the first volume of a trilogy one of the few forms left for her to tackle . . . Some Luck starts in 1920 and follows the fortunes of a Midwestern farming family; each chapter covers a single year. What most surprised her, she said, was the way that, more than in her other books, the characters took on lives of their own. I got the feeling th...

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From the Pulitzer prize-winning author of a thousand acres: a heartwarming, deeply engaging new novel-the life and times of an american farm family over three transformative decades-certain to become an instant classic.

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