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Some Luck (Last Hundred Years Trilogy 1) - Jane Smiley

Some Luck (Last Hundred Years Trilogy 1) - Jane Smiley

This is № 81 of an exclusive edition of only 350 copies

Title: Some Luck

Author:  Jane Smiley

ISBN:  9781447275596

Weight:  990 g

Numbered signed first edition, first printing



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Some Luck by Jane Smiley

The first novel in a dazzling new epic trilogy from the winner of the Pulitzer Prize; a literary adventure that will span a century in America.

1920.  After his return from the battlefields in France, Walter Langdon and his wife Rosanna begin their life together on a remote farm in Iowa.  As time passes, their little family will grow: from Frank, the handsome, willful first-born, to Joe, whose love of animals and the land sustains him; from Lillian, beloved by her mother, to Henry who craves only the world of his books; and Claire, the surprise baby, who earns a special place in her father’s heart.

As Walter and Rosanna struggle to keep their family through good years and hard years – to years more desperate than they ever could have imagined, the world around their little farm will turn, and life for their children will be unrecognizable from what came before.  Some will fall in love, some will have families of their own, some will go to war and some will not survive.  All will mark history in their own way.

Tender, compelling and moving from the 1920s to the 1950s, told in multiple voices as rich as the Iowan soil, Some Luck is an astonishing feat of storytelling by a prize-winning author writing at the height of her powers.

Peer & Press Reviews

So here it is at last, the Great American Novel and, in retrospect, it seems obvious that the great Jane Smiley would be the one who wrote it.  Some Luck is a Steinbeckian Little House on the Prairie: a rural tragedy, a domestic epic and an unassuming masterpiece.  And, unlike most masterpieces, it’s absorbing, witty, painful, pleasurable.  You must read it.

Charlotte Mendelson, author of Almost English

Some Luck opens with a Langdon family tree.  Even before we get to know Rosanna, Walter, and their children, the sprawling branches reveal the scope of this novel, which begins in 1920.  Smiley, who devotes a chapter per year to the Langdons’ Iowa farm life, depicts both disasters and heartbreaks in an unruffled tone.  The good news?  This is the first of a trilogy.  The bad news?  We have to wait for the next volume.

Entertainment Weekly

Smiley delivers a straightforward, old-fashioned tale of rural family life in changing times, depicting isolated farm life with precision…  It is especially satisfying to hear a powerful writer narrate men’s and women’s lives lovingly and with equal attention.  Subtle, wry and moving.

Washington Post

Bibliographic Info

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Title some-smiley
Book Features
Edition / printing First edition, first printing
Edition background

This numbered edition of only 350 copies was commissioned by a leading London bookshop working in association with the publisher.

Each book has a page, tipped-in before the title page, which displays the book’s printed number and confirms it is a first edition. Also printed on this page is the book’s title, the author’s name, the name of the imprint and the month / year of publication.

Book number 81 of 350
Series Last Hundred Years trilogy – book 1
Overall condition Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed On the title page
Awards and Media
Awards and prizes International Dublin Literary Award 2016 – longlist
Book Stats
Publisher Pan Macmillan
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Printed by CPI Group (UK) Ltd, Croydon
ISBN 13 9781447275596
Format Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages 395
Size (h x w x d) 241 x 162 x 37mm
Packed weight 1.087kg [heavy book]
Image and Design Credits
Author photograph Derek Shapton
Jacket photographs Shutterstock

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