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A Thousand Acres

Smiley, Jane

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ISBN 10: 0394577736 / ISBN 13: 9780394577739
Published by Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1991
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Signed by the author, without date or inscription, at the half-title page. Clean, bright pages; spine leans slightly to the right, but binding remains tight; blue and tan hard cover is modestly softened at the spine ends, has a tiny tap at the bottom rear edge, and bears some light shelf rubbing at corners and spine ends, otherwise excellent. Jacket shows modest wrinkling at the spine ends and upper free corners, two light, little surface wrinkles on the front and a few short pressure lines on the back, and a small chip in the laminate at the bottom left front corner, otherwise crisp, attractive, unclipped, and now protected in a clear sleeve. 371pp. Bookseller Inventory # 065129

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Title: A Thousand Acres

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf, New York

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: One-Quarter Cloth

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Printing.

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Synopsis:

A thousand acres, a piece of land of almost mythic proportions. Upon this fertile, nourishing earth, Jane Smiley has set her rich, breathtakingly dramatic novel of an American family whose wealth cannot stay the hand of tragedy. It is the intense, compelling story of a father and his daughters, of sisters, of wives and husbands, and of the human cost of a lifetime spent trying to subdue the land and the passions it stirs. The most critically acclaimed novel of the literary season, a classic story of contemporary American life, A THOUSAND ACRES is destined to be read for years to come.
"It has been a long time since a novel so surprised me with its power to haunt . . . . Its genius grows from its ruthless acceptance of the divided nature of every character . . . . This gives A THOUSAND ACRES the prismatic quality of the greatest art." -- Chicago Tribune
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award
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Aging Larry Cook announces his intention to turn over his 1,000-acre farm--one of the largest in Zebulon County, Iowa--to his three daughters, Caroline, Ginny and Rose. A man of harsh sensibilities, he carves Caroline out of the deal because she has the nerve to be less than enthusiastic about her father's generosity. While Larry Cook deteriorates into a pathetic drunk, his daughters are left to cope with the often grim realities of life on a family farm--from battering husbands to cutthroat lenders. In this winner of the 1991 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, Smiley captures the essence of such a life with stark, painful detail.

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