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ALSO BY JANE SMILEY

Fiction

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Ten Days in the Hills

Good Faith

Horse Heaven

The All-True Travels and Adventures of Lidie Newton

Moo

A Thousand Acres

Ordinary Love and Good Will

The Greenlanders

The Age of Grief

Duplicate Keys

At Paradise Gate

Barn Blind

Nonfiction

The Man Who Invented the Computer

Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Novel

A Year at the Races

Charles Dickens

Catskill Crafts

For Young Adults

Gee Whiz

Pie in the Sky

True Blue

A Good Horse

The Georges and the Jewels

THIS IS A BORZOI BOOK

PUBLISHED BY ALFRED A. KNOPF

Copyright © 2015 by Jane Smiley

All rights reserved. Published in the United States by Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Penguin Random House LLC, New York, and in Canada by Random House of Canada, a division of Penguin Random House Ltd., Toronto.

www.aaknopf.com

Knopf, Borzoi Books, and the colophon are registered trademarks of Penguin Random House LLC.

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

    Smiley, Jane.

      Early warning : a novel / Jane Smiley. — First edition.

          pages ; cm

      
ISBN
978-0-307-70032-2 (hardcover : acid-free paper)—

      
ISBN
978-0-385-35243-7 (eBook)

          1. Rural families—Iowa—Fiction. 2. Social change—United States—History—20th century—Fiction. 3. Domestic fiction.

      I. Title.

      
PS
3569.
M
39
E
27 2015

      813′.54—dc23

2014041395

eBook ISBN 9780385352437

This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are the product of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, events, or locales is entirely coincidental.

Cover photograph © Harpur Garden Library/Corbis

Cover design by Kelly Blair

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This trilogy is dedicated to John Whiston,

Bill Silag, Steve Mortensen, and Jack Canning,

with many thanks for decades of patience, laughter,

insight, information, and assistance.

The Langdons

Walter Langdon (1895)

Wilmer Langdon—Walter's father

Elizabeth Chick—Walter's mother

Ruth Cheek and Lester Chick—Walter's maternal grandparents

Etta Cheek—mother of Ruth Cheek

Lester and Howard—Walter's brothers

Rosanna Vogel Langdon (1900)—
Walter's wife

Otto Vogel—Rosanna's father

Mary Augsberger—Rosanna's mother

Charlotta Kleinfelder—Otto's mother

Herman
n
and Augustina Augsberger (“Opa” and “Oma”)—Rosanna's maternal grandparents

Rolf, Eloise, John, Gus, and Kurt—Rosanna's siblings

Julius Silber—Eloise's husband

Rosa—Eloise and Julius's daughter

Elton Jackman—Rosa's first husband, Lacey's father

Lacey—Rosa and Elton's daughter

Ross—Eloise's second husband

Shelia—John's wife

Gary, Buddy, Jimmy—John and Sheila's sons

Angela—Gus's wife

Francis “Frank” Langdon
—first child of Walter and Rosanna

Hildegarde Andrea Bergstrom “Andy”—Frank's wife

Janet—Frank and Andy's eldest daughter

Jared Nelson—Janet's husband

Emily—Janet and Jared's daughter

Richard “Richie”
and
Michael—Frank and Andy's twin sons

Ivy—Richie's wife

Loretta Perroni—Michael's wife

Chance, Tia, Beatrice “Binky”—Michael and Loretta's children

Joseph “Joe” Langdon
—second child of Walter and Rosanna

Lois Frederick—Joe's wife

Roland and Lorena Frederick—Lois's parents

Minnie—Lois's sister

Ann “Annie” and Joseph “Jesse”—Joe and Lois's children

Jennifer Guthrie—Jesse's wife

Joseph “Guthrie” and Franklin Perkins “Perky”—Jesse and Jennifer's sons

Mary Elizabeth Langdon
—third child of Walter and Rosanna

Lillian Elizabeth Langdon
—fourth child of Walter and Rosanna

Arthur Brinks Manning—Lillian's husband

Sarah Cole DeRocher and Colonel Brinks Manning—Arthur's parents

Timothy “Timmy,” Deborah “Debbie,” Dean Henry, and Christina Eloise “Tina”—Lillian and

Arthur's children

Hugh—Debbie's husband

Carlie and Kevin “Kevvie”—Debbie and Hugh's children

Linda—Dean's wife

Eric—Dean and Linda's son

Henry
—fifth child of Walter and Rosanna

Claire
—sixth child of Walter and Rosanna

Paul Darnell—Claire's husband

Grayson and Bradley—Claire and Paul's sons

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