By Jane Smiley
From the winner of the Pulitzer Prize: the much-anticipated ultimate quantity, following Some Luck and Early caution, of her acclaimed American trilogy—a richly soaking up new novel that brings the striking Langdon relations into our current instances and beyond
much can ensue in a single hundred years, as Jane Smiley exhibits to brilliant influence in her final Hundred Years trilogy. yet as Golden Age, its ultimate installment, opens in 1987, the following new release of Langdons face fiscal, social, political—and personal—challenges not like something their ancestors have encountered earlier than.
Michael and Richie, the rivalrous dual sons of worldwide struggle II hero Frank, paintings within the high-stakes international of presidency and finance in Washington and ny, yet they quickly observe that one’s fiercest enemies may be closest to domestic; Charlie, the captivating, lately chanced on scion, struggles with no matter if he needs to make a mark at the global; and Guthrie, as soon as poised to take over the Langdons’ Iowa farm, is in its place deployed to Iraq, leaving the land—ever the center of this compelling saga—in the able palms of his more youthful sister.
made up our minds to avert catastrophe, for the planet and her kin, Felicity concerns that the farm’s once-bountiful soil can be completely imperiled, through greater than the extremes of weather change. And as they input deeper into the twenty-first century, all of the Langdon women—wives, moms, daughters—find themselves charged with wearing their storied previous into an doubtful destiny.
Combining intimate drama, emotional suspense, and an entire command of historical past, Golden Age brings to an impressive end the century-spanning portrait of this unforgettable family—and the dynamic occasions during which they’ve enjoyed, lived, and died: a crowning literary fulfillment from a loved grasp of yank storytelling.
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