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A Thousand Acres

A Thousand Acres

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This powerful twentieth-century reimagining of Shakespeare's King Lear centers on a wealthy Iowa farmer who 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. Ambitiously conceived and stunningly written, A Thousand Acres takes on themes of truth, justice, love, and pride--and reveals the beautiful yet treacherous topography of humanity.

Author: Jane Smiley
Publisher: Anchor Books
Published: 12/02/2003
Pages: 384
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.65lbs
Size: 8.18h x 5.10w x 0.86d
ISBN: 9781400033836

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 6
Point Value: 20
Interest Level: Upper Grade
Quiz #/Name: 10850 / Thousand Acres

Review Citation(s):
Entertainment Weekly 02/27/2009 pg. 60
Entertainment Weekly 08/22/2014 pg. 113

About the Author
Jane Smiley is the author of numerous novels, including A Thousand Acres, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, and most recently, Golden Age, the concluding volume of The Last Hundred Years trilogy. She is also the author of five works of nonfiction and a series of books for young adults. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, she has also received the PEN Center USA Lifetime Achievement Award for Literature. She lives in Northern California.

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