A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley

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.

The 519th 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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Name Binding Sales Rank Lowest New Lowest Used Published
A Thousand Acres: A Novel Paperback 52635 $5.68 $0.99 2003
A Thousand Acres Audio CD 1737422 $3,996.00
A Thousand Acres (Thorndike Press Large Print Basic Series) Hardcover 3615662 $239.37 $0.04
A Thousand Acres: A Novel Kindle Edition 27545 $9.99 2011
A Thousand Acres (Ballantine Reader's Circle) Paperback 638371 $0.95 $0.01 1992
By Jane Smiley A Thousand Acres (1st) Hardcover 1821659 $34.35 $13.23 1991
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By Jane Smiley A Thousand Acres: A Novel (Reprint) [Paperback] Paperback 2556996 $20.90 $14.98 2003
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