This twentieth-century reimagining of Shakespeare’s King Lear by Jane Smiley centres on a wealthy Iowa farmer who decides to divide his farm among his three daughters.
When the youngest objects, she is cut out of his will, which sets in motion a chain of events that brings dark truths to light. Ambitiously conceived and stunningly written, A Thousand Acres spins the most fundamental themes of truth, justice, love, and pride into a universally acclaimed masterpiece.
Winner the 1992 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
As recommended in the Slightly Foxed podcast, Episode 1: Kindred Spirits
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