Title: A Thousand Acresn121789
Author: Jane Smiley
Finished: February 16, 2009
Pages: 405
Published: 1991

A modernized King Lear, where a farmer, Larry Cook, decides to divide his farm into three pieces for his three daughters. While two go along with the plan, the youngest daughter, Caroline, voices reservations and is left out in the cold.

The book is told from the perspective of the older daughter, Ginny, as she watches her family change over the course of four-five years.

Made into a motion picture staring Michelle Pfeiffer, Jessica Lange, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Colin Firth the story is all about family struggle, pain, deceit, forgiveness, jealousy, and death.

I’ve seen the movie a few times, but the book is much more than movie could ever be. It helped being able to picture faces to the characters but Smiley’s in depth struggle of this family and their traditions shows greatly through the written word.

Challenges: Book Into Movie, 999 Challenge, 50/100+ Book Challenge, New Authors Challenge, RYOB 2009, Winter Reading Challenge, Book vs. Movie Challenge, EW’s New Classics

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