A Thousand Acres

Author(s): Jane Smiley


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.


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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in fiction

"Brilliant... Absorbing... A thrilling work of art." —Chicago Sun-Times

"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 Washington Post Book World

"Powerful and poignant." —The New York Times Book Review

Jane Smiley is the author of many novels, including A Thousand Acres, which won the Pulitzer Prize, and Horse Heaven. She lives in Northern California. In 2001, she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

General Fields

  • : 9781400033836
  • : Random House USA Inc
  • : Random House Inc
  • : United States
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Jane Smiley
  • : Paperback / softback
  • : 813.54
  • : 384