A farm in Iowa.

A farm in Iowa.

The year is 1953 and the Langdon family gathers at their Iowa farm to say goodbye to their patriarch. The future of the farm is in question, as only one of the five children stays to work the land. This is how Jane Smiley’s latest novel begins. While last year’s “Some Luck” followed the Langdon family through the depression and into World War II, “Early Warning” tells their story as the country moves into the Cold War, through the social and sexual revolutions of the 1960s and ’70s and into the materialism of the ’80s. Smiley, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “A Thousand Acres,” joins us to talk about the latest installment in her “Last Hundred Years” trilogy.


  • Jane Smiley Author of four works of nonfiction and more than ten novels, including "A Thousand Acres," which won the Pulitzer Prize

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Excerpted from “Early Warning” by Jane Smiley. Copyright © 2015 by Jane Smiley. Excerpted by permission of Knopf, a division of Random House LLC. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

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