The Last Hundred Years Trilogy

3 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 72 ratings

Some Luck Summary

Some Luck the first book in Jane Smiley's landmark epic trilogy, was chosen by The Bookseller as their Book of the Month for November.

The first novel in a dazzling new epic trilogy from the winner of the Pulitzer Prize; a literary adventure that will span a century in America.

1920: After his return from the battlefields in France, Walter Langdon and his wife Rosanna begin their life together on a remote farm in Iowa. As time passes, their little family will grow: from Frank, the handsome, willful first-born, to Joe, whose love of animals and the land sustains him; from Lillian, beloved by her mother, to Henry who craves only the world of his books; and Claire, the surprise baby, who earns a special place in her father's heart.

As Walter and Rosanna struggle to keep their family through good years and hard years - to years more desperate than they ever could have imagined, the world around their little farm will turn, and life for their children will be unrecognizable from what came before.

Some will fall in love, some will have families of their own, some will go to war, and some will not survive. All will mark history in their own way.

Tender, compelling, and moving from the 1920s to the 1950s, told in multiple voices as rich as the Iowan soil, Some Luck is an astonishing feat of storytelling by a prize-winning author writing at the height of her powers.

©2014 Jane Smiley (P)2014 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd
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  • Book 1

    • Some Luck

    • Last Hundred Years Trilogy, Book 1
    • By: Jane Smiley
    • Narrated by: Lorelei King
    • Length: 14 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40

    1920: After his return from the battlefields in France, Walter Langdon and his wife Rosanna begin their life together on a remote farm in Iowa. As time passes, their little family will grow: from Frank, the handsome, willful first-born, to Joe, whose love of animals and the land sustains him; from Lillian, beloved by her mother, to Henry who craves only the world of his books; and Claire, the surprise baby, who earns a special place in her father's heart.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A really pleasant listen

    • By Mikey on 13-11-14
    • Last Hundred Years Trilogy, Book 1
    • By: Jane Smiley
    • Narrated by: Lorelei King
    • Length: 14 hrs and 48 mins
    • Release date: 06-11-14
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 42 ratings

    Regular price: £24.99

  • Book 2

    • Early Warning

    • Last Hundred Years Trilogy, Book 2
    • By: Jane Smiley
    • Narrated by: Lorelei King
    • Length: 18 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 18

    It's 1953. When a funeral brings the Langdon family together once more, they little realize how much, over the coming years, each of their worlds will shift and change. For now Walter and Rosanna's sons and daughters are grown up and have children of their own. Frank, the eldest - restless, unhappy - ignores his troubled wife and instead finds himself distracted by a face from the past.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Was this the most boring book I have ever read?

    • By Jan Etty on 25-08-16

    Regular price: £25.99

  • Book 3

    • Golden Age

    • Last Hundred Years Trilogy, Book 3
    • By: Jane Smiley
    • Narrated by: Lorelei King
    • Length: 17 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 12

    The third novel in the dazzling Last Hundred Years trilogy from the winner of the Pulitzer Prize. It's 1987. A visit from a long-lost relative brings the Langdons together again on the family farm - a place almost unrecognisable from the remote Iowan farmland Walter and Rosanna once owned. Whilst a few have stayed, most have spread wide across the US, but all are facing social, economic and political challenges unlike anything their ancestors encountered.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A story of yesterday, today and tomorrow

    • By Claire Forsyth- Brown on 03-04-16
    • Last Hundred Years Trilogy, Book 3
    • By: Jane Smiley
    • Narrated by: Lorelei King
    • Length: 17 hrs and 43 mins
    • Release date: 08-10-15
    • 5 out of 5 stars 12 ratings

    Regular price: £25.99