Some Luck (Jane Smiley, 2014)

some luck

Why did you choose this book?

This was the April pick for our library fiction book discussion.  Since we’ve already had the discussion at this point, I can say it was the best I’ve led to date!  So much to say and none of us wanted to leave.

What’s it about?

This is the first volume in a trilogy, with each chapter of the book covering one year.  The entire trilogy will cover 1920-2020 but this installment covered 1920-1953.  The book is character-driven and follows the lives of the members of the Langdon family.  Over the 33 years covered in this book, you see the children grow up, have relationships and children of their own, and make their own marks on the world.


Historical fiction, family saga

Other recommended reads?

Any family saga.  McCullough’s The Thorn Birds comes to mind.


I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about chapters going year by year, but it was the perfect metric to tell the story and did not feel forced at all.  Within the chapters were multiple points of view, so if you didn’t care for one character, it was easy to escape to the perspective of another.  The story took place at the same time my grandparents were growing up on farms and many parts of the story paralleled their experience, so that was a neat connection.  It was a dense read, however, so while I’m excited to finish the trilogy, I’m going to wait a while before diving into the next volume.

Up next?

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini


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