Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Table of Contents: A Thousand Acres

Author: Jane Smiley
Publisher/Year: Knopf, 1991
Synopsis: A successful Iowa farmer decides to divide his farm between his three daughters. When the youngest objects, she is cut out of his will. This sets off a chain of events that brings dark truths to light and explodes long-suppressed emotions. An ambitious reimagining of Shakespeare’s King Lear cast upon a typical American community in the late twentieth century, A Thousand Acres takes on themes of truth, justice, love, and pride, and reveals the beautiful yet treacherous topography of humanity.

A Thousand Acres: A Novel

What Others Have To Say
Entertainment Weekly
"The story is really about the transformation of Ginny, through painfully earned knowledge, from a compliant, trouble-suppressing, guilt- ridden daughter and wife into an angry — though still ambivalent — independent woman who has to cast off the only kind of life she has known."

The Washington Post Book World
“A family portrait that is also a near-epic investigation into the broad landscape, the thousand dark acres of the human heart. . . . The book has all the stark brutality of a Shakespearean tragedy.”

The New York Times Book Review
“Powerful and poignant.”

Chicago Sun-Times
"A thrilling work of art.”

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