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The Golden Age
by Jane Smiley


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From the winner of the Pulitzer Prize: the much-anticipated final volume, following "Some Luck" and "Early Warning, "of her acclaimed American trilogy" "a richly absorbing new novel" "that brings the remarkable Langdon family into our present times and beyond
A lot can happen in one hundred years, as Jane Smiley shows to dazzling effect in her Last Hundred Years trilogy.  Read more...


 
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Overview
Click Here For the Autographed Copy

From the winner of the Pulitzer Prize: the much-anticipated final volume, following "Some Luck" and "Early Warning, "of her acclaimed American trilogy" "a richly absorbing new novel" "that brings the remarkable Langdon family into our present times and beyond
A lot can happen in one hundred years, as Jane Smiley shows to dazzling effect in her Last Hundred Years trilogy. But as "Golden Age, " its final installment, opens in 1987, the next generation of Langdons face economic, social, political and personal challenges unlike anything their ancestors have encountered before.
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 ever the heart of this compelling saga in the capable hands of his younger sister.
Determined to evade disaster, for the planet and her family, Felicity worries that the farm s once-bountiful soil may be permanently imperiled, by more than the extremes of climate change.And as they enter deeper into the twenty-first century, all the Langdon women wives, mothers, daughters find themselves charged with carrying their storied past into an uncertain future.
Combining intimate drama, emotional suspense, and a full command of history, "Golden Age "brings to a magnificent conclusion the century-spanning portrait of this unforgettable family and the dynamic times in which they ve loved, lived, and died: a crowning literary achievement from a beloved master of American storytelling."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780307700346
  • ISBN-10: 0307700348
  • Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group
  • Publish Date: October 2015
  • Page Count: 464

Series: Last Hundred Years Trilogy: A Family Saga

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Books > Fiction > Literary
Books > Fiction > Sagas
Books > Fiction > Family Life

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-08-03
  • Reviewer: Staff

A lot can happen over a hundred years, as Smiley shows in her chronicle of the Langdon family. The first two volumes, Some Luck and Early Warning, took the family from 1919 to 1986; Golden Age completes the trilogy by bringing them to the present, and beyond. As the book opens in 1987, family members are back at the Iowa farmstead to meet a new addition to the clan, a child whose existence was long hidden. But in some ways the bigger event that year is the stock market crash, from which the perpetually angry Michael (son of cold warrior Frank, grandson of farmer Walter) emerges wealthy. The first generation of Langdons survived drought and the Depression, the next prospered in the postwar boom, but now money takes center stage, moving faster and less traceably, enriching some and bankrupting others. The title, readers come to suspect, is an ironic reference to the Gilded Age, another era of boom, bust, and shady dealings; any golden glow is gone when Smiley moves into the future to complete the trilogy’s century span. Unfortunately, 2016 to 2019 feels bare-bones dystopian—less water, more violence. What lingers with readers aren’t the encounters with marquee historical events (Clinton’s sex scandals; 9/11) but Smiley’s detailed depiction of the kaleidoscopic geometries of family, as the Langdons spiral out from Iowa into the larger world, endlessly fracturing and coming back together. (Oct.)

 
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