The Last Hundred Years Trilogy

6 books in series
3.5 out of 5 stars 669 ratings

Some Luck Publisher's Summary

From the winner of the Pulitzer Prize: a powerful, engrossing new novel - the life and times of a remarkable family over three transformative decades in America.

On their farm in Denby, Iowa, Rosanna and Walter Langdon abide by time-honored values that they pass on to their five wildly different children: from Frank, the handsome, willful first born, and Joe, whose love of animals and the land sustains him, to Claire, who earns a special place in her father’s heart.

Each chapter in Some Luck covers a single year, beginning in 1920, as American soldiers like Walter return home from World War I, and going up through the early 1950s, with the country on the cusp of enormous social and economic change. As the Langdons branch out from Iowa to both coasts of America, the personal and the historical merge seamlessly: one moment electricity is just beginning to power the farm, and the next a son is volunteering to fight the Nazis; later still, a girl you’d seen growing up now has a little girl of her own, and you discover that your laughter and your admiration for all these lives are mixing with tears.

Some Luck delivers on everything we look for in a work of fiction. Taking us through cycles of births and deaths, passions and betrayals, among characters we come to know inside and out, it is a tour de force that stands wholly on its own. But it is also the first part of a dazzling epic trilogy - a literary adventure that will span a century in America: an astonishing feat of storytelling by a beloved writer at the height of her powers.

©2014 Jane Smiley (P)2014 Random House Audio
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  • Book 1

    • Some Luck

    • A novel
    • By: Jane Smiley
    • Narrated by: Lorelei King
    • Length: 14 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
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    From the winner of the Pulitzer Prize: a powerful, engrossing new novel - the life and times of a remarkable family over three transformative decades in America. On their farm in Denby, Iowa, Rosanna and Walter Langdon abide by time-honored values that they pass on to their five wildly different children: from Frank, the handsome, willful first born, and Joe, whose love of animals and the land sustains him, to Claire, who earns a special place in her father’s heart.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Takes Times To Develop But Is Really Worth The Effort

    • By Sara on 10-12-14

    Regular price: $31.50

    • Some Luck

    • Last Hundred Years Trilogy, Book 1
    • By: Jane Smiley
    • Narrated by: Lorelei King
    • Length: 14 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      1 out of 5 stars 1
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      3 out of 5 stars 1
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    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.

    • Last Hundred Years Trilogy, Book 1
    • By: Jane Smiley
    • Narrated by: Lorelei King
    • Length: 14 hrs and 48 mins
    • Release date: 11-06-14
    • 1 out of 5 stars 1 rating

    Regular price: $35.06

  • Book 2

    • Early Warning

    • Last Hundred Years Trilogy, Book 2
    • By: Jane Smiley
    • Narrated by: Lorelei King
    • Length: 18 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
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    It's 1953. When a funeral brings the Langdon family together once more, they little realize how much, over the coming years, each of their worlds will shift and change. For now Walter and Rosanna's sons and daughters are grown up and have children of their own. Frank, the eldest - restless, unhappy - ignores his troubled wife and instead finds himself distracted by a face from the past.

    Regular price: $26.85

    • Early Warning

    • A Novel
    • By: Jane Smiley
    • Narrated by: Lorelei King
    • Length: 18 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 122
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 109
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 107

    Early Warning opens in 1953 with the Langdon family at a crossroads. Their stalwart patriarch Walter, who with his wife Rosanna, sustained their farm for three decades, has suddenly died, leaving their five children, now adults, looking to the future. Only one will remain in Iowa to work the land, while the others scatter to Washington, D.C., California, and everywhere in between.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Oppressive & Miserable

    • By Sara on 05-03-15

    Regular price: $38.50

  • Book 3

    • Golden Age

    • A Novel
    • By: Jane Smiley
    • Narrated by: Lorelei King
    • Length: 17 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 99
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 90
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 89

    Michael and Richie, the rivalrous twin sons of World War II hero Frank, work in the high-stakes world of government and finance in Washington and New York, but they soon realize that one's fiercest enemies can be closest to home; Charlie, the charming, recently found scion, struggles with whether he wishes to make a mark on the world; and Guthrie, once poised to take over the Langdons' Iowa farm, is instead deployed to Iraq, leaving the land in the capable hands of his younger sister.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • brilliant and moving masterpiece

    • By Jean Tepperman on 12-17-15

    Regular price: $38.50

    • Golden Age

    • Last Hundred Years Trilogy, Book 3
    • By: Jane Smiley
    • Narrated by: Lorelei King
    • Length: 17 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The third novel in the dazzling Last Hundred Years trilogy from the winner of the Pulitzer Prize. It's 1987. A visit from a long-lost relative brings the Langdons together again on the family farm - a place almost unrecognisable from the remote Iowan farmland Walter and Rosanna once owned. Whilst a few have stayed, most have spread wide across the US, but all are facing social, economic and political challenges unlike anything their ancestors encountered.

    • Last Hundred Years Trilogy, Book 3
    • By: Jane Smiley
    • Narrated by: Lorelei King
    • Length: 17 hrs and 43 mins
    • Release date: 10-08-15
    • 5 out of 5 stars 1 rating

    Regular price: $33.21