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From Barnes & NobleA Barnes & Noble Best Book of 2014
Jane Smiley’s absorbing, meditative novel Some Luck is set largely on the Langdon family’s midwestern farm, with each chapter covering a year in the family’s life from 1920 to 1953. But it keeps an eye on the advancing tide of change—from electrification and tractors to the Great Depression, Communism, and the Second World War. Will city life, higher education, and the lure of enlistment carry Rosanna and Walter Langdon’s children away from the cornfields? And if so, is that a tragedy or a triumph? Some Luck is the first in a planned trilogy that will cover a full century in the lives of the expanding Langdon clan. See all of the Best Fiction Books of 2014.