Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Book Review - Golden Age

Golden Age by Jane Smiley is the finale of her trilogy which included Some Luck, and Early Warning.  She’s covered a century of life for the Langdon family – touched on America’s history as a backdrop, and brought to life the turmoil and triumphs of generations.  Golden Age opens in 1987 – economic, social, political, and personal challenges face the current tribe.  Michael and Richie, the twins, now work on Wall Street and government – high stakes fields. Charlie, a newcomer to the family, proves a worthy rival, and Guthrie who should run the family farm is deployed to Iraq.

Climate change concerns Felicity and could prove the undoing of the Langdon legacy. Here in the 21st century, the Langdon women find themselves charged with carrying their storied past into an uncertain future. (cover blurb)

Jane Smiley digs deep into the characters and the family. You, the reader, will find an underlying thread of similarity in all family travails. Love, hate, revenge, and faith all play a part as the family works through its struggles to maintain dignity and their heritage. And despite luck and early warnings, it is a golden age of life and writing. Enjoy this saga.


13 comments:

  1. Sounds like a great series. The 80s certainly have a lot of drama attached to them!

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    1. Indeed and she's a good writer. Captures the midwest voice

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  2. Playing with all those different emotions can sure make for a fun tale indeed.

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  3. I haven't read Jane Smiley, sounds very intriguing! I have a thing for trilogies, especially those that deal with history, modern, medieval or ancient. The 80's were an eventful decade for the world generally.

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  4. A historical book about a decade I was alive to experience. That's rare!

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    1. read and decide if she did a worthy job!

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  5. This is my favorite type of fiction-that against the backdrop of real events.

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    1. the author obviously did her research and kept a timeline for her connected characters

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  6. This is my favorite type of fiction-that against the backdrop of real events.

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  7. I enjoy these types of books. It's fun to follow the history of a family down through generations.

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    1. I swear by this series - head to your library now

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