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 extraordinary Langdon family members into our current instances and beyond
much can ensue in a single hundred years, as Jane Smiley indicates to spectacular influence in her final Hundred Years trilogy. yet as Golden Age, its ultimate installment, opens in 1987, the subsequent iteration of Langdons face monetary, social, political—and personal—challenges in contrast to something their ancestors have encountered earlier than.
Michael and Richie, the rivalrous dual sons of worldwide conflict II hero Frank, paintings within the high-stakes global of presidency and finance in Washington and ny, yet they quickly discover 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 guts of this compelling saga—in the able palms of his more youthful sister.
made up our minds to keep away from catastrophe, for the planet and her family members, Felicity concerns that the farm’s once-bountiful soil should be completely imperiled, by means of 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 sporting their storied previous into an doubtful destiny.
Combining intimate drama, emotional suspense, and a whole command of background, Golden Age brings to a powerful end the century-spanning portrait of this unforgettable family—and the dynamic instances during which they’ve enjoyed, lived, and died: a crowning literary success from a loved grasp of yankee storytelling.
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