Novelist Jane Smiley Explores a Century of Family and Farmland

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In 1992, Jane Smiley won the Pulitzer Prize for her novel "A Thousand Acres," the troubled story of an Iowa farmer and his three daughters fighting over his land. Smiley's new book "Some Luck" returns to the Iowa farmlands to trace the lives of the Langdon family from the Great Depression of the 1930s to the Communist hysteria of the '50s. The novel is the first in a trilogy that will examine American family life through the year 2020.

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Jane Smiley, author of "Some Luck" and other books including "A Thousand Acres" and "Moo"