A Thousand Acres

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The Pulitzer Prize-winning, bestselling novel from one of America's greatest contemporary writers, repackaged as part of the Perennial fiction promotion. Larry Cook's farm is the largest in Zebulon County, Iowa, and a tribute to his hard work and single-mindedness. Proud and possessive, his sudden decision to retire and hand over the farm to his three daughters, is disarmingly uncharacteristic. Ginny and Rose, the two eldest, are startled yet eager to accept, but Caroline, the youngest daughter, has misgivings. ...

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mountainserenity

Aug 29, 2013

Family dynamics

Smiley hit the nail on the head with dysfunctional familly dynamics. Her characters are true to life and reveal the disparity between performance for appearance sake and what goes on in secret. The novel is certainly a riveting read, but more importantly, it is thought-provoking and illuminating.

ninthchord

Aug 1, 2010

Don't pass this one by

I thoroughly enjoyed this from start to finish. It's a wonderful adaptation of Shakespeare's King Lear set on a farm in Iowa. There a few alterations to the Bard's tale: incest, a church dinner gone foul. Also, Smiley's version of sororicide is much more thoughtful and ingenious.

The only problem I had with it: the narrator of the tale (Ginny) uses an educated form of speech that I don't believe would be used by a person who has never been to college nor even left her farm.

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