10 Must-Read Books For October

Some Luck

Jane Smiley, Some Luck (October 7)

Like Marilynne Robinson, Jane Smiley has won the Pulitzer for fiction that takes place in Iowa. Like, Robinson, too, Smiley has been nominated for a National Book Award for her new novel. But as Robinson’s Gilead tetralogy now (possibly) concludes, Smiley is opening up a new trilogy with Some Luck, a family saga that follows the Langdon family through three decades of life in America, beginning (of course) in Iowa. Rumor has it that the trilogy, taken as a whole, will span an entire American century, which would certainly make it one of the most ambitious projects in recent American fiction. — Jonathon Sturgeon