Early Warning by Jane Smiley
(Knopf, 2015, 476 pages)
“Early Warning opens in 1953 with the Langdon family at a crossroads. Their stalwart patriarch, Walter, who with his wife, Rosanna, sustained their farm for three decades, has suddenly died, leaving their five children, now adults, looking to the future. Only one will remain in Iowa to work the land, while the others scatter to Washington, D.C., California, and everywhere in between.”
While the writer describes in detail the lives of the family over the decades since Walter’s death, I found this story hard to hold my interest.