Some Luck

Some Luck

Audiobook CD - 2014
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Random House, Inc.
Longlisted for the 2014 National Book Award

From the winner of the Pulitzer Prize: a powerful, engrossing new novel—the life and times of a remarkable family over three transformative decades in America. 

On their farm in Denby, Iowa, Rosanna and Walter Langdon abide by time-honored values that they pass on to their five wildly different children: from Frank, the handsome, willful first born, and Joe, whose love of animals and the land sustains him, to Claire, who earns a special place in her father’s heart.

Each chapter in Some Luck covers a single year, beginning in 1920, as American soldiers like Walter return home from World War I, and going up through the early 1950s, with the country on the cusp of enormous social and economic change. As the Langdons branch out from Iowa to both coasts of America, the personal and the historical merge seamlessly: one moment electricity is just beginning to power the farm, and the next a son is volunteering to fight the Nazis; later still, a girl you’d seen growing up now has a little girl of her own, and you discover that your laughter and your admiration for all these lives are mixing with tears.   

Some Luck delivers on everything we look for in a work of fiction. Taking us through cycles of births and deaths, passions and betrayals, among characters we come to know inside and out, it is a tour de force that stands wholly on its own. But it is also the first part of a dazzling epic trilogy—a literary adventure that will span a century in America: an astonishing feat of storytelling by a beloved writer at the height of her powers.

From the Hardcover edition.

Baker & Taylor
Follows the triumphs and tragedies of Rosanna and Walter Langdon and their five children on their Iowa farm from 1920 through the early 1950s.

& Taylor

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Thousand Acres follows the triumphs and tragedies of a farm family from post-World War I America through the early 1950s. Simultaneous.

Publisher: [United States] : Random House, Inc., 2014
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780804194105
Branch Call Number: UCD FICTION SMILEY
Characteristics: 12 sound discs : digital ; 4 3/4 in


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Apr 10, 2017

I enjoy the detailed nature of this book. It could be too much for some, as each year is described in quite a bit of detail, but I find it very peaceful and enjoyable. Great to hear a story of the heartland!

Feb 09, 2015

Part of Jane Smiley's appeal for me has been the Iowa settings of her books. Add Lorelei King as the narrator and I knew I had to hear this book. The first book of a planned trilogy, Some Luck covers the years 1920 to 1952 with one year per chapter. It starts in 1920 when Walter and Rosanna Vogel Langdon have their first child, Frank. Walt is just home from WWI France and starting farming. Rosanna vows to be the best farm wife ever. Five more children follow -- the last one being born in 1939. Each child is vastly different and perplex their parents in more ways than one. This books ends with the death of Walter in his farmyard.

quagga Jan 14, 2015

I felt totally absorbed by the Langdon family as I listened to the audiobook read by Lorelei King. She conveys warmth and affinity for the characters, making the story even more enjoyable. King even sings softly a capella when called for in the text.


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