Smiley's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is the modern retelling of Shakespeare's King Lear. When aging Larry Cook decides to divide his property among his three daughters, his youngest daughter Caroline thinks he is crazy and she is shut out. The turmoil that ensues brings truths to light concerning marriage, loss, abuse and aging. A book that touches us all.
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.
About the Author
Jane Smiley is the author of more than ten works of fiction, including Good Faith," "Horse Heaven," "Moo," "and The Greenlanders." "In 2001 she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She lives in northern California.