Some Luck the first book in Jane Smiley's landmark epic trilogy, was chosen by The Bookseller as their Book of the Month for November.
The first novel in a dazzling new epic trilogy from the winner of the Pulitzer Prize; a literary adventure that will span a century in America.
1920: After his return from the battlefields in France, Walter Langdon and his wife Rosanna begin their life together on a remote farm in Iowa. As time passes, their little family will grow: from Frank, the handsome, willful first-born, to Joe, whose love of animals and the land sustains him; from Lillian, beloved by her mother, to Henry who craves only the world of his books; and Claire, the surprise baby, who earns a special place in her father's heart.
As Walter and Rosanna struggle to keep their family through good years and hard years - to years more desperate than they ever could have imagined, the world around their little farm will turn, and life for their children will be unrecognizable from what came before.
Some will fall in love, some will have families of their own, some will go to war, and some will not survive. All will mark history in their own way.
Tender, compelling, and moving from the 1920s to the 1950s, told in multiple voices as rich as the Iowan soil, Some Luck is an astonishing feat of storytelling by a prize-winning author writing at the height of her powers.
©2014 Jane Smiley (P)2014 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd
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"A really pleasant listen"
It was such a pleasant listen which was really lovely for relaxing with a cup of tea.
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Nothing special, but she was O.K.
A creative insight into family life post WW1 leading though right into the 50s. With some highs and lows, this really is a realistic view of what life really can be like, in any era. I found the story to be inventive and cleverly written, with a pleasant undertone of old fashioned ways.
"Lovely story- well told"
The pace of this story gathers and before you know it you are caught up in Rosanna and Walters' lives. You really care about them- they become your family and their history is fascinating. I was shocked and saddened when this volume came to an end. I loved it and Lorelei King's performance was brilliant.
Newborn Frank is living with his parents on a remote Iowa farm. The descriptive thoughts of Frank are funny and inventive at a mere five months old. He continues to grow and proves to be very headstrong. More siblings arrive and we discover life is tough for the farmers, and as each year passes, you realise you are getting nearer to WWII where some of the children will be of age for conscription.
Very enjoyable listen, although Lorelei King narrates the same in every book she does and I kept being reminded of Joe Morrelli from the Janet Evanovich novels.
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