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A Thousand Acres


The Pulitzer Prize-winning, bestselling novel from one of America's greatest contemporary writers, repackaged as part of the Perennial fiction ... Show synopsis

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Family dynamics

by mountainserenity on Aug 29, 2013

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.


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by ninthchord on Aug 1, 2010

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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