A Thousand Acres

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Knopf, 1991 - Aging parents - 371 pages
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The author of The Age of Grief and Ordinary Love and Good Will has written a breakthrough novel--winner of the Pulitzer Prize in fiction. When an Iowa patriarch decides to turn over his thriving farm to his three daugters, he sets off a series of tragic events that will eventually rip apart his family. Presents a powerful, mythic story of an American farm family in Iowa.

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User Review  - gregorybrown - LibraryThing

Families are prisons; hometowns less so, but still. Our relatives bind us with their expectations and demands, offering up kinship and support in return. For some, the tradeoff is more than worth it ... Read full review

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User Review  - VashonJim - LibraryThing

Pulitzer Prize winner. Smiley manages to take 1,000 acres of farmland, stirs them up with three siblings born to a father who ravages his children, and produces a thorough and complicated look at ... Read full review

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