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|Awards:||Winner of Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 1992.
Winner of Pulitzer Prize Novel Category 1992.
|Contents:||Larry Cook's farm is the largest in Zebulon Country, Iowa, and a tribute to his hard work and single-mindedness. Proud and possessive, his sudden decision to retire and hand over the farm to his three daughters, is disarmingly uncharacteristic. Ginny and Rose, the two eldest, are startled yet eager to accept, but Caroline, the youngest daughter, has misgivings. Immediately, her father cuts her out. Smiley transposes the "King Lear" story to the modern day, and in so doing at once illuminates Shakespeare's original and subtly transforms it. This novel won both the Pulitzer prize for Fiction and the National Book Critics' Circle Award.|
'A Thousand Acres is a strong, gnarled shocker of a novel... superb. Its success is down to Smiley's ambitious gusto, her intuitive handling of the relationship between character and landscape, and