A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Do you ever think your family is crazy? Do you have that family member who is nuts? That black sheep who is a challenge? That selfish person who demands constant attention? Jealousy amongst family members?
If you have ever had the thought that your family is wacko, read A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley and suddenly your family will seem totally normal!
This is an exceptional yet disturbing Pulitzer Prize winning story of family, betrayal, love, hate, greed, madness, infidelity, abuse, and small town gossip. It has it all. Loosely based on the story of King Lear, Smiley puts the family drama in 1970’s Iowa farmland, pitting family members against family members.
The story is told through the eyes of oldest daughter Ginny on a 1000 acre family generational farm. Smiley’s brilliant character development pulls you in as each character in this family makes you both love and loathe them. Smiley has an exceptional writing style with the unique ability to lull you in as you read along and then Bam! The unexpected has you sit bolt up and go wait – what? More than once I found myself suddenly struck with the unexpected – in the way only a talented writer can accomplish.
Five stars for A Thousand Acres. I really enjoyed this book.