Golden Age (The Last Hundred Years Trilogy: A Family Saga)
- Binding: Hardcover
- Author: Jane Smiley
- Publish Date: 2015-10-20
From the winner of the Pulitzer Prize: the much-anticipated final volume, following Some Luck and Early Warning, of her acclaimed American trilogyâa richly absorbing new novel that brings the remarkable Langdon family into our present times and beyond
A lot can happen in one hundred years, as Jane Smiley shows to dazzling effect in her Last Hundred Years trilogy. But as Golden Age, its final installment, opens in 1987, the next generation of Langdons face economic, social, politicalâand personalâchallenges unlike anything their ancestors have encountered before.
Michael and Richie, the rivalrous twin sons of World War II hero Frank, work in the high-stakes world of government and finance in Washington and New York, but they soon realize that oneâs fiercest enemies can be closest to home; Charlie, the charming, recently found scion, struggles with whether he wishes to make a mark on the world; and Guthrie, once poised to take over the Langdonsâ Iowa farm, is instead deployed to Iraq, leaving the landâever the heart of this compelling sagaâin the capable hands of his younger sister.
Determined to evade disaster, for the planet and her family, Felicity worries that the farmâs once-bountiful soil may be permanently imperiled, by more than the extremes of climate change.Â And as they enter deeper into the twenty-first century, all the Langdon womenâwives, mothers, daughtersâfind themselves charged with carrying their storied past into an uncertain future.
Combining intimate drama, emotional suspense, and a full command of history, Golden Age brings to a magnificent conclusion the century-spanning portrait of this unforgettable familyâand the dynamic times in which theyâve loved, lived, and died: a crowning literary achievement from a beloved master of American storytelling.