This story chronicles the life and times of a remarkable family over three decades in America. On their farm in Iowa, Rosanna and Walter abide by values they pass onto their five wildly different children. Each chapter is a single year, beginning in 1920 as American soldiers like Walter return home from WWI. It goes through the 50’s at the start of enormous social and economic change. As their children branch out, so does the story, eventually encompassing several generations, cities, and cultural movements. Smiley has characters that take what life brings and puts them in what feels like simpler times. This is a book said to be written with humor and affection.
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