Golden Age

Golden Age

eBook - 2015
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From the Pulitzer Prize-winner: the much-anticipated final volume of her magnificent, best-selling American trilogy, which brings the beloved Langdon family into our present times and beyond. A lot can happen in 100 years, as Jane Smiley has shown to dazzling effect in her astonishing, critically acclaimed Last Hundred Years Trilogy. When Golden Age, its last installment, opens in 1987, the next generation of the Langdon family is facing economic, social, cultural, and political challenges unlike anything their ancestors had encountered before. Richie and Michael, the rivalrous twin sons of Frank, the golden son and World War II hero, have grown into men, and the wild antics of their youth slide seamlessly into a wilder adulthood in finance on Wall Street and in government in Washington, D.C. Charlie, the mysterious young man we met in Early Warning who was revealed to be an unknown son of the Langdon clan, adds light and joy to the family, but gets caught up in the tragedy of the 9/11 attacks. Meanwhile, back on the family's Iowa homestead, the rich soil, tilled since 1920 when patriarch Walter planted his corn and oats, has been eroded by decades of continuous farming and now is threatened by climate change. Throughout the three decades that this novel comprises, with Smiley gazing into her crystal ball toward 2019 at its conclusion, we see how the Langdon children we've come to know and love--Frank, Joe, Lillian, Henry, and Claire--make room as adults for their own children and grandchildren as they face an uncertain future. Taking us through events monumental and quotidian, personal, national, and international, in a breathtaking mix of suspense and nostalgia, character and atmosphere, Golden Age brings an enduring portrait of a single remarkable family to a triumphant end, even as it raises a beloved American author to new heights.
Publisher: New York : Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 2015
ISBN: 9780385352444
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Jan 07, 2017

From the Pulitzer Prize-winner: the much-anticipated final volume, following "Some Luck" and "Early Warning, " of her best-selling American trilogy, which brings the beloved Langdon family into our present times and beyond.

This novel fills out Smiley's picture of the last 100 years in America with masterful strokes. Her additions add layers of meaning to what has already happened in both the US history and the family characters she has created. The trilogy is stunning in its ability to show changes in public and political life through the individual experiences of complex characters. Her ability to combine character development, plot and social commentary is unmatched by any author I've yet read.

Jan 10, 2016

I really loved the first book in the trilogy - gave it five stars, which I very seldom do - sort of enjoyed the second book in the trilogy, but felt the characters, because there were so many and limited space for each, were more sketches than characters and now. Now I'm on the third in the trilogy and I think the form has let it down. There are so many characters! It's just not nearly as interesting to read bits and pieces of so many people's lives, than it is to go a little deeper into fewer people and make them actually feel real and rounded. I've given up on this one, actually. There are so many books I want to read and there is never enough time, so back to the library it goes!

Dec 21, 2015

Loved the first two books but number three is certainly not as good. The story is all over the place and the ending is very depressing. Interesting take on Vancouver and Canada! She is still one of my favourite authors!!

Dec 04, 2015

The last book in Smiley's Last 100 Years trilogy finds us in the third generation of the Langdon family. The question is, was this a 'Golden Age?' Frank’s twins and Jesse’s children take center stage in this book, which takes us into the current year and beyond. Richie as a Congressman is rich with satire; her predictions regarding climate seemed realistic, but hopefully too soon! And, was it a 'Golden Age?’ That’s what readers will ponder after they turn the last page and say goodbye to characters of whom they’ve grown quite fond.

Nov 30, 2015

Meanwhile, back at the farm...the family comes home to roost. This last of the Last Hundred Years Trilogy is the most unashamedly political. At once current and distant, memory gives the present a wonderful hue, and also a refresher to read the volume without the other two, if you like.The farm, after all, is not bet, or felled by climate change, but goes a very 21st century fate, family edition. The progeny of the elder Langdon son dominates. Never disappoints.

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