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Early Warning (Last Hundred Years Trilogy 2) - Jane Smiley

Early Warning (Last Hundred Years Trilogy 2) - Jane Smiley

Title: Early Warning

Author:  Jane Smiley

ISBN:  9781447275640

Weight:  990 g

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Early Warning by Jane Smiley

The second novel in the dazzling Last Hundred Years trilogy, Early Warning follows the Langdon family from the 50s, through to the 1980s, in this stunning family saga from the winner of the Pulitzer Prize

1953.  When a funeral brings the Langdon family together once more, they little realize how much, over the coming years, each of their worlds will shift and change.  For now Walter and Rosanna’s sons and daughters are grown up and have children of their own.

Frank, the eldest – restless, unhappy – ignores his troubled wife and instead finds himself distracted by a face from the past.  Lillian must watch as her brilliant, eccentric husband Arthur is destroyed by the guilt arising from his secretive government work.  Claire, too, finds that marriage is not quite what she expected it to be.

In Iowa where the Langdons began, Joe sees that some aspects of life on the farm never change, while others are unrecognizable.  And though a few members of the family remain mired in the past, others will attempt to move beyond the lives they have always known; and some will push forward as never before.  The dark shadow of the Vietnam War hangs over every one…

In sickness and health, through their best and darkest times, the Langdon family will live and love and suffer against the broad, merciless sweep of American history.  Moving from the 1950s to the 1980s, Early Warning by Jane Smiley is epic storytelling at its most wise and compelling from a writer at the height of her powers.

Peer & Press Reviews

Early Warning continues the galloping chronological biography of a family and of the American century, year by year, child by child.  They grow up, move away to Chicago, California, New York; they make money, change nappies, have sex and sweep the yard.  Smiley covers most issues: therapy, homosexuality, cults, race, divorce, adultery and three decades of changing crops, gadgets, fashions, language and music.…  The point of all this seems to be, we live, we die, we’re all equal.  Early Warning is a masterpiece of quick and perfectly executed brushstrokes.  When the trilogy is completed (this year) we’ll have a major addition to the grand chronicle of American Life.

Rosie Goldsmith, Independent

Here is one of America’s leading novelists writing at the height, breadth and width of her powers.  Magnificient.

Daily Mail

Jane Smiley is good on places, good on weather, good on meals, all of which matter.  She is good too on the silences, the things left unsaid, out of tact or for discretion’s sake, in family conversations.  She has seen, remembered and imagined her characters very thoroughly, and she perceptively shows how people may change over the years, even while remaining very often essentially the same.  She is good on love and desire, the cooling of love in some marriages, its strengthening in others.  There is then a great deal to enjoy, and it’s a novel in which many readers will happily lose themselves.

The Scotsman

Bibliographic Info

TitleEarly Warning
Book Features
Edition / printingFirst edition, first printing
Edition background

These copies have a signature page, tipped-in before the title page.  Printed on this page is the phrase ‘This book is one of a limited number of signed first editions of Early Warning’, plus the author’s name, the name of the imprint, and the month / year of publication.

Issued direct by Pan Macmillan, the total number of books in this unnumbered limited edition is unknown.

SeriesLast Hundred Years trilogy – book 2
Overall conditionFine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
SignedOn the tipped-in signature page
Book Stats
PublisherPan Macmillan
Publication date
Printed byCPI Group (UK) Ltd, Croydon
ISBN 139781447275640
FormatHardcover with dust jacket
Size (h x w x d)241 x 162 x 45mm
Packed weight1.169kg [heavy book]
Image and Design Credits
Author photographDerek Shapton
Jacket photographsRyuhei Shindo / Getty Images (houses)
Roel Smart / Getty Images (background)

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