A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley

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Larry Cook is an aging farmer who decides to incorporate his farm, handing complete and joint ownership to his three daughters, Ginny, Rose, and Caroline. When the youngest daughter objects, she is removed from the agreement. This sets off a chain of events that brings dark truths to light and explodes long-suppressed emotions, as the story eventually reveals the long-term sexual abuse of the two eldest daughters that was committed by their father. The plot also focuses on Ginny's troubled marriage, her difficulties in bearing a child and her relationship with her family.

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The 541st greatest fiction book of all time

This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 64th on Koen Book Distributors Top 100 Books of the Past Century (themodernnovel.com)
  2. - 93rd on The New Classics - 100 Best Reads from 1983 to 2008 (Entertainment Weekly)
  3. - Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (Pulitzer Prize)
  4. - National Book Critics Circle Award - Fiction (National Book Critics Circle)

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