April Book Review

A Thousand Acres

This month’s review is by Catherine Adde
A Thousand Acres
by Jane Smiley

A Thousand Acres

Here is a book which I bought from the Friends’ Best Used Book Sale. Knowing nothing about it, I simply trusted the gold Winner of the Pulitzer Prize label on the cover and enjoyed every word. This is good literature folks, not ‘brain candy,’ and reminds me a little of the style of John Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath. A poignant, thought- provoking read, told through the eyes of Ginny, a farmer’s daughter from Iowa, it is the tale of how all hell breaks loose when her stern, proud Daddy decides to retire suddenly after four generations of industrious, expansive farming. He signs his one thousand acres over to two of his three daughters, mysteriously leaving Ginny’s sister out of the transaction completely. This act sets in motion a series of events, unraveling Ginny’s world– she then has to confront a dark past, uncovering secrets and painfully revealing the real man behind the façade that she thought was her father. This acclaimed author has other titles available for you to check out, as well as this one, at our wonderful Sierra Madre Library.

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