Monday, January 26, 2015
Book Review: Some Luck by Jane Smiley
I really got to love this family. I didn't realize it for a while as the story is told in a simple, straightforward, unromantic way (perfectly suited to the Iowa farming community) but they really got to grow on me, to the point where it was hard for me to read the 1930s. I was so worried about them, and bad things do happen that hurt me. But overall they come through. They have a core strength that allows them to overcome even the worst luck that comes in life. In that regard, it captures the atmosphere of both the region and the agricultural lifestyle.
When the book ended, I wanted to keep reading. It does have a conclusion and you could read just the one book without the others, but I am so eager for the next book. I think I will put myself on the waiting list for it at the library, now. It's amazing how masterfully it is written, considering how spare the style is, but Ms. Smiley is such a great writer, the book reads effortlessly. A real treat of precision and heart, Some Luck is a beautiful and touching novel of Americana.
I checked this book out of the library.