The final instalment in the dazzling Last Hundred Years trilogy from the winner of the Pulitzer Prize.
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. The family have spread across the US, and whilst some have stayed reliably unchanged, others have evolved with the times.
The eldest Langdon, Frank - always cold and distant - finally starts to break down the wall he built between himself and his wife, but can a loving relationship be grasped in their twilight years? Their son, Richie, finally out from under his brother Michael's shadow, finds himself running for congress almost unintentionally, and completely underprepared. And Michael, on the brink of self-destruction, seems to make the biggest change of all, but could it be too good to be true?
New life blooms; close-calls threaten to take away; and other lives come to unforeseen ends. After a hundred years of change and US history, filled with words unsaid and moments lost, this dazzling final instalment in the acclaimed Last Hundred Years trilogy sees the final repercussions of time on the Langdon family. Moving through the 1980s to 2020, we discover who thrived and made their mark on the world, and who faded into the backdrop of time.
PRAISE FOR JANE SMILEY
"Warmly affecting . . . Smiley is a skilled storyteller." Kirkus
"What lingers with readers is her detailed depiction of the kaleidoscopic geometries of family ... endlessly fracturing and coming back together." Publishers Weekly