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 amazing Langdon kin into our current instances and beyond
much can ensue in a single hundred years, as Jane Smiley indicates to miraculous influence in her final Hundred Years trilogy. yet as Golden Age, its ultimate installment, opens in 1987, the following new release of Langdons face monetary, social, political—and personal—challenges not like something their ancestors have encountered sooner than.
Michael and Richie, the rivalrous dual sons of worldwide struggle II hero Frank, paintings within the high-stakes global of presidency and finance in Washington and manhattan, yet they quickly observe that one’s fiercest enemies will be closest to domestic; Charlie, the captivating, lately chanced on scion, struggles with even if he needs to make a mark at the global; and Guthrie, as soon as poised to take over the Langdons’ Iowa farm, is as a substitute deployed to Iraq, leaving the land—ever the center of this compelling saga—in the able arms of his more youthful sister.
decided to keep away from catastrophe, for the planet and her relatives, Felicity concerns that the farm’s once-bountiful soil can be completely imperiled, via greater than the extremes of weather change. And as they input deeper into the twenty-first century, the entire Langdon women—wives, moms, daughters—find themselves charged with sporting their storied earlier into an doubtful destiny.
Combining intimate drama, emotional suspense, and a whole 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 cherished grasp of yank storytelling.
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