Golden Age: A Novel (Last Hundred Years Trilogy) by Jane Smiley

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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 trilogya richly soaking up new novel that brings the notable Langdon kin into our current occasions and beyond
much can occur in a single hundred years, as Jane Smiley exhibits to superb 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 in contrast to something their ancestors have encountered ahead of.

Michael and Richie, the rivalrous dual sons of global battle II hero Frank, paintings within the high-stakes international of presidency and finance in Washington and big apple, yet they quickly observe that one’s fiercest enemies should be closest to domestic; Charlie, the fascinating, lately stumbled 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.

decided to ward off catastrophe, for the planet and her kinfolk, Felicity concerns that the farm’s once-bountiful soil will be completely imperiled, by means of 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 wearing their storied prior into an doubtful destiny.

Combining intimate drama, emotional suspense, and a whole command of historical past, 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 fulfillment from a loved grasp of yankee storytelling.

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