Press enter after choosing selection

Some Luck

Smiley, Jane. Book - 2014 Fiction / Smiley, Jane, Adult Book / Fiction / Historical / Smiley, Jane None on shelf 13 requests on 7 copies Community Rating: 4 out of 5

Cover image for Some luck

Sign in to request

Location Call Number Branch Item Status
Downtown 2nd Floor Fiction / Smiley, Jane Downtown Library On Hold Shelf
Downtown 2nd Floor Fiction / Smiley, Jane Downtown Library Due 05-11-2021
Pittsfield Adult Books Adult Book / Fiction / Historical / Smiley, Jane Pittsfield Branch Due 05-11-2021
Pittsfield Adult Books Adult Book / Fiction / Historical / Smiley, Jane Pittsfield Branch Due 05-04-2021
Traverwood Adult Books Adult Book / Fiction / Historical / Smiley, Jane Traverwood Branch Due 04-02-2021
Westgate Adult Books Adult Book / Fiction / Historical / Smiley, Jane Westgate Branch Due 05-03-2021
Westgate Adult Books Adult Book / Fiction / Historical / Smiley, Jane Westgate Branch Due 04-02-2021

"This is a Borzoi book"--Title page verso.
"An epic novel that spans thirty years in the lives of a farm family in Iowa, telling a parallel story of the changes taking place in America from 1920 through the early 1950s"--Provided by publisher.

REVIEWS & SUMMARIES

Booklist Review
Publishers Weekly Review
Summary / Annotation
Fiction Profile
Author Notes

COMMUNITY REVIEWS

Amazing! submitted by eapearce on January 6, 2015, 2:20pm Sure, I'm a little biased because I love both Jane Smiley and fiction set in the mid-twentieth century Midwest, BUT this book was really something. The first in a planned trilogy, the book focuses on all the members of an Iowan farm family. Time moves quickly in this book--each brief chapter encompasses the span of an entire year, but this doesn't detract from the story or the emotions that the characters experience. It was interesting to me how little Smiley chose to focus on some major world events of the time, but instead keeps the focus of the book intimately on the characters. Pearl Harbor, for example, receives only half a sentence of mention in the book, but one character's experience fighting in World War II is detailed intensely over the course of many pages. Some Luck is a unique and lovely read, and I cannot wait for the second book to come out in 2015!

Disappointing submitted by 21621031390949 on June 15, 2020, 10:57am Disappointing novel. Smiley creates realistic characters and settings, but this book is long on day-to-day detail and very short on plot and development. Apparently, that is what the author was striving for - to show the sameness of everyday life - but it doesn't hold my reading interest. I'm unlikely to read the rest of the trilogy.

Cover image for Some luck

PUBLISHED
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2014.
Year Published: 2014
Description: 395 p.
Language: English
Format: Book

ISBN/STANDARD NUMBER
9780307700315

SUBJECTS
Rural families -- Fiction.
Farm life -- Fiction.
Social change -- United States -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction.
Iowa -- Fiction.
United States -- Civilization -- 20th century -- Fiction.
Domestic fiction.
Historical fiction.