Golden Age: A Novel (Last Hundred Years Trilogy)

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 relatives into our current instances and beyond
much can ensue in a single hundred years, as Jane Smiley exhibits to fabulous influence in her final Hundred Years trilogy. yet as Golden Age, its ultimate installment, opens in 1987, the subsequent iteration of Langdons face fiscal, social, political—and personal—challenges in contrast to whatever their ancestors have encountered ahead of.

Michael and Richie, the rivalrous dual sons of worldwide warfare II hero Frank, paintings within the high-stakes global of presidency and finance in Washington and long island, yet they quickly notice that one’s fiercest enemies might be closest to domestic; Charlie, the fascinating, lately came upon 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 avert catastrophe, for the planet and her kinfolk, Felicity concerns that the farm’s once-bountiful soil should be completely imperiled, by way of greater than the extremes of weather change. And as they input deeper into the twenty-first century, all of the 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 background, Golden Age brings to an impressive end the century-spanning portrait of this unforgettable family—and the dynamic occasions within which they’ve enjoyed, lived, and died: a crowning literary fulfillment from a cherished grasp of yank storytelling.

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