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A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley
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Dec 26, 2011

really liked it
Read in December, 2011

I read this while I was in Iowa, which I think made me like it more, since Iowa and its landscape play a role in the story. It's a book about a father who goes a little crazy and divides his farm between his daughters, and how they and their husbands react. The characters are interesting and compelling, the farm is a good setting, but all the action seemed to happen at arm's length, as if through a fog. Still, definitely worth reading, although warning: it is depressing.

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