** Early Warning by Jane Smiley


Early Warning is the second part of a Midwestern family saga started in Some Luck, and serves as a good reminder that, if I don’t care for book #1, I probably should not try reading book #2. That said, if you like large families and are able to let yourself be transported through the decades without asking too many questions, you may well love the story, and love the author’s many pithy observations about family dynamics.

Because I did not let myself by transported, I found the integration of current events into the family stories plodding, the careful sprinkling of non-traditional characters tedious, and the deus-ex-machina ending overdone.

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