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Author Jane Smiley's 'Golden Age' brings an epic tale to a solemnly fine end

Author Jane Smiley's 'Golden Age' brings an epic tale to a solemnly fine end

With "Golden Age," Jane Smiley wraps up her sweeping Last Hundred Years trilogy on a sobering note. This cumulatively absorbing American epic, as expansive and ambitious in its way as Balzac's "Human Comedy" and John Updike's "Rabbit" quartet, began on Rosanna and Walter Langdon's Iowa farm in 1920 with "Some Luck." "Early Warning" followed their offspring as they spread across the country through the middle years of the 20th century.

The final installment, which is definitely part of a series rather than a stand-alone novel, takes us from 1987 to a rather bleak near-future in 2019, when the country's soul is as depleted as its soil....

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