Some Luck

This is a lovely book. Some Luck by Jane Smiley is the first in a trilogy that starts out in 1920 on Walter and Rosanna Langdon’s farm in Denby, Iowa. The book goes from 1920 to 1953, with each chapter being a new year, and a new episode in their ever evolving family. Over the course of time the Langdons welcome 5 children into their family, see the introduction of electricity to their lives, buy their first tractor, and endure all the hardships encountered on your average American farm in the early years before technology ├é┬álessened the loads not only on their backs but on their family relationships all round. Spanning over 30 years, this book is also a history lesson. Even the war plays a part in this story, and it was the only aspect of this wonderful book that I didn’t like. I am saturaated with war stories, having read way too many war focused books over the past 3 years or so. I’m done with war! That being said, I really enjoyed this book, and have ordered the second installment of the Langdon family trilogy and can’t wait to start it. Jane Smiley is a wonderful writer and you will enjoy this book.

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