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A Thousand Acres: A Novel (original 1991; edition 2003)

by Jane Smiley

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Title:A Thousand Acres: A Novel
Authors:Jane Smiley
Info:Anchor (2003), Edition: Reprint, Paperback
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Tags:Pulitzer prize, Family drama, Small town USA, Fiction

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A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley (1991)

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I need to read this again; I read it in high school but I can guarantee I'd feel different about it now.
  mirikayla | Feb 8, 2016 |
very disturbing topic, most of the characters not very likable, well written ( )
  Claudia.Anderson | Feb 7, 2016 |
A grand family tragedy, based loosely on the King Lear story but transposed to farming country in 1970s Iowa. The two central sisters were wonderful characters, sympathetic but flawed and with complex feelings and motivations. Some of the other characters were less well drawn, and the occasional plot point felt a bit arbitrary (until I realised the Lear connection anyway). The book takes on big, important themes and is heartbreakingly sad. ( )
  mjlivi | Feb 2, 2016 |
Brutal story of farm life, sisters, incest death land split up

When Larry Cook, the aging patriarch of a rich, thriving farm in Iowa, decides to retire, he offers his land to his three daughters. For Ginny and Rose, who live on the farm with their husbands, the gift makes sense--a reward for years of hard work, a challenge to make the farm even more successful. But the youngest, Caroline, a Des Moines lawyer, flatly rejects the idea, and in anger her father cuts her out--setting off an explosive series of events that will leave none of them unchanged.
  christinejoseph | Feb 1, 2016 |
This book was absolutely awful ( )
  uhohxkate | Jan 31, 2016 |
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Does this sound familiar?

At the opening of Jane Smiley's latest novel, "A Thousand Acres," the narrator, a woman named Virginia Cook Smith, describes the farm in Zebulon County, Iowa, that she and her two younger sisters, Rose and Caroline, have grown up on: "Paid for, no encumbrances, as flat and fertile, black, friable and exposed as any piece of land on the face of the earth."

And then comes the shock of recognition. In 1979, the three sisters' father, Laurence (Larry) Cook, decides to form a corporation out of his farm holdings and give each of his daughters a third of it. What do they think of the plan? "It's a good idea," says the oldest, who is called Ginny. "It's a great idea," says the second daughter, Rose. "I don't know," says the youngest, Caroline, who is a lawyer.

"You don't want it, my girl, you're out," says Larry to Caroline. "It's as simple as that." So the farm is divided into two instead of three, with Ginny and Rose to take turns looking after Larry. And a tragedy of ingratitude, madness and generational conflict begins. . . .
 

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At sixty miles per hour, you could pass our farm in a minute, on County Road 686, which ran due north into the T intersection at Cabot Street Road.
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Aging Larry Cook announces his intention to turn over his 1,000-acre farm--one of the largest in Zebulon County, Iowa--to his three daughters, Caroline, Ginny and Rose. A man of harsh sensibilities, he carves Caroline out of the deal because she has the nerve to be less than enthusiastic about her father's generosity. While Larry Cook deteriorates into a pathetic drunk, his daughters are left to cope with the often grim realities of life on a family farm--from battering husbands to cutthroat lenders. In this winner of the 1991 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, Smiley captures the essence of such a life with stark, painful detail.

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Dark truths and long-suppressed emotions come to the surface in 1979 when a successful Iowa farmer decides to cut one of his daughters out of his will.

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