October 7, 2014
7 October 2014
| 3.6/5 |
Alfred A. Knopf
| Jacket design by Kelly Blair|
416 pp (first edition, hardcover)
Jane Smiley books, Novels
Some Luck is a 2014 novel by Jane Smiley. It is the first in a planned trilogy of novels about an Iowa family over the course of generations. It was longlisted for the 2014 National Book Award.
Some Luck Wikipedia
Beginning in 1920 on an Iowa farm, with each chapter of the novel covering a single year, the story follows the Langdon family over three decades as children are born, grow up, and go on their own adventures and facing various challenges.
The reviews have been generally favorable, with the Washington Post concluding that "Smiley delivers a straightforward, old-fashioned tale of rural family life in changing times. Her no-muss, no-fuss storytelling, if unsurprising, is also frequently subtle, wry and moving." The New York Times review included 'Some Luck' was "...very skillfully conceived, an elegant solution to the historical novelist’s problem of how to raise the big barn that is the past without relying too much on power tools or hired help."