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Early Warning by Jane Smiley: EW review

Early WarningWith this sequel to Some Luck—her first installment in this planned trilogy—Smiley continues to unspool the story of an American...Early WarningNovelWith this sequel to Some Luck—her first installment in this planned trilogy—Smiley continues to unspool the story of an American...2015-05-01Knopf

'Early Warning' by Jane Smiley

B+

Early Warning

Genre: Novel; Author: Jane Smiley; Publisher: Knopf

With this sequel to Some Luck—her first installment in this planned trilogy—Smiley continues to unspool the story of an American century, one chapter per year, seen through the lens of the Langdon family. Early Warning begins in 1953, and its pages take us into the early ’80s. The family has multiplied and migrated from its home base of Iowa, and maybe because we travel far and wide, this middle installment doesn’t have the same sharp focus as the first. But Smiley’s deft narrative hopping is as impressive as ever, and her prose—whether it be about a near miss with the Jonestown massacre or a favored son dying in Vietnam—is as eloquent and poignant as ever. Here’s to part 3. B+