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General Information
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 Title:                  Golden Age
 Author:                 Jane Smiley
 Read By:                Lorelei King
 Copyright:              2015
 Audiobook Copyright:    2015
 Genre:                  Fiction - Literary - Historical
 Publisher:              Random House Audio
 Series Name:            Last Hundred Years: A Family Saga
 Position in Series:     03
 Abridged:               No

Original Media Information
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 Media:                  Digital
 Length each:            Original CD lengths
 Source:                 Overdrive MP3

File Information
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 Number of MP3s:         14
 Total Duration:         17:37:13
 Total MP3 Size:         484.34
 Parity Archive:         No
 Ripped By:              3j
 Encoded With:           LAME
 Encoded At:             CBR 64 kbit/s 44100 Hz Joint Stereo
 Normalize:              None
 Noise Reduction:        None
 ID3 Tags:               Set, v1.1, v2.3

Book Description
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Publisher's Summary

From the winner of the Pulitzer Prize: the much-anticipated final volume, 
following Some Luck and Early Warning, of her acclaimed American trilogy 
- a richly absorbing new novel that brings the remarkable Langdon family 
into our present times and beyond.

A lot can happen in 100 years, as Jane Smiley shows to dazzling effect 
in her Last Hundred Years trilogy. But as Golden Age, its final installment, 
opens in 1987, the next generation of Langdons face economic, social, 
political - and personal - challenges unlike anything their ancestors 
encountered before.

Michael and Richie, the rivalrous twin sons of World War II hero Frank, 
work in the high-stakes world of government and finance in Washington 
and New York, but they soon realize that one's fiercest enemies can 
be closest to home; Charlie, the charming, recently found scion, struggles 
with whether he wishes to make a mark on the world; and Guthrie, once 
poised to take over the Langdons' Iowa farm, is instead deployed to 
Iraq, leaving the land - ever the heart of this compelling saga - in 
the capable hands of his younger sister.

Determined to evade disaster for the planet and her family, Felicity 
worries that the farm's once-bountiful soil may be permanently imperiled 
by more than the extremes of climate change. And as they enter deeper 
into the 21st century, all the Langdon women - wives, mothers, daughters 
- find themselves charged with carrying their storied past into an uncertain 
future.

Combining intimate drama, emotional suspense, and a full command of 
history, Golden Age brings to a magnificent conclusion the century-spanning 
portrait of this unforgettable family - and the dynamic times in which 
they've loved, lived, and died: a crowning literary achievement from 
a beloved master of American storytelling.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference 
material will be available in your My Library section along with the 
audio.

⌐2015 Jane Smiley (P)2015 Random House Audio


What the Critics Say

"Smiley's cantering, far-reaching, yet intimate trilogy is both timely 
in the issues it so astutely raises (especially as Iowa is once again 
in the presidential election spotlight), and timeless in the rapture 
of its storytelling and the humanness of its insights into family, self, 
and our connection to the land. Readers will be reading, and rereading, 
Smiley's Last Hundred Years far into the next." (Donna Seaman Booklist)

"Smiley moves into the future to complete the trilogy's century span.... 
What lingers with readers is her detailed depiction of the kaleidoscopic 
geometries of family, as the Langdons spiral out from Iowa into the 
larger world, endlessly fracturing and coming back together." (Publishers 
Weekly)

"Warmly affecting.... Smiley is a skilled storyteller. The story progresses 
year by year from 1987 through an imagined 2019.... Newly introduced 
characters are welcome additions to Smiley's vibrant gallery of fully 
fleshed characters, with Henry and Claire remaining the most ruefully 
appealing of the siblings we first met in Some Luck.... Despite dire 
events, the narrative energy of masterfully interwoven plotlines always 
conveys a sense of life as an adventure worth pursuing." (Kirkus)