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Title:A Thousand Acres
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ISBN:1400033837
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Number of Pages:371
Category:Fiction, Literary fiction, Contemporary

A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC A Thousand Acres When Larry Cook the aging patriarch of a rich thriving farm in Iowa decides to retire he offers his land to his three daughters For Ginny and Rose who live on the farm with their husbands the gift makes sense a reward for years of hard work a challenge to make the farm even more successful But the youngest Caroline a Des Moines lawyer flatly rejects the idea and in anger her father cuts her out setting off an explosive series of events that will leave none of them unchanged A classic story of contemporary American life i A Thousand Acres i strikes at the very heart of what it means to be a father a daughter a family

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Private Life, The Sagas of Icelanders, The All-True Travels and Adventures of Lidie Newton, Early Warning (Last Hundred Years: A Family Saga, #2), Moo, The Greenlanders, Horse Heaven, Golden Age (Last Hundred Years: A Family Saga #3), Some Luck (Last Hundred Years: A Family Saga, #1), A Thousand Acres
b From the winner of the Pulitzer Prize the much anticipated final volume following i Some Luck i and i Early Warning i of her acclaimed American trilogy i i a richly absorbing new novel i i that brings the remarkable Langdon family into our present times and beyond b br br A lot can happen in one hundred years as Jane Smiley shows to dazzling effect in her Last Hundred Years trilogy But as i Golden Age i its final installment opens in the next generation of Langdons face economic social political and personal challenges unlike anything their ancestors have encountered before br br Michael and Richie the rivalrous twin sons of World War II hero Frank work in the high stakes world of government and finance in Washington and New York but they soon realize that one s fiercest enemies can be closest to home Charlie the charming recently found scion struggles with whether he wishes to make a mark on the world and Guthrie once poised to take over the Langdons Iowa farm is instead deployed to Iraq leaving the land ever the heart of this compelling saga in the capable hands of his younger sister br br Determined to evade disaster for the planet and her family Felicity worries that the farm s once bountiful soil may be permanently imperiled by more than the extremes of climate change And as they enter deeper into the twenty first century all the Langdon women wives mothers daughters find themselves charged with carrying their storied past into an uncertain future br br Combining intimate drama emotional suspense and a full command of history i Golden Age i brings to a magnificent conclusion the century spanning portrait of this unforgettable family and the dynamic times in which they ve loved lived and died a crowning literary achievement from a beloved master of American storytelling, In Iceland the age of the Vikings is also known as the Saga Age A unique body of medieval literature the Sagas rank with the world s great literary treasures as epic as Homer as deep in tragedy as Sophocles as engagingly human as Shakespeare Set around the turn of the last millennium these stories depict with an astonishingly modern realism the lives and deeds of the Norse men and women who first settled in Iceland and of their descendants who ventured farther west to Greenland and ultimately North America Sailing as far from the archetypal heroic adventure as the long ships did from home the Sagas are written with psychological intensity peopled by characters with depth and explore perennial human issues like love hate fate and freedom, Pulitzer Prize winner and bestselling author Jane Smiley s b The Greenlanders b i i is an enthralling novel in the epic tradition of the old Norse sagas Set in the fourteenth century in Europe s most farflung outpost a land of glittering fjords blasting winds sun warmed meadows and high dark mountains b The Greenlanders b i i is the story of one family proud landowner Asgeir Gunnarsson his daughter Margret whose willful independence leads her into passionate adultery and exile and his son Gunnar whose quest for knowledge is at the compelling center of this unforgettable book Jane Smiley takes us into this world of farmers priests and lawspeakers of hunts and feasts and long standing feuds and by an act of literary magic makes a remote time place and people not only real but dear to us, THE i NEW YORK TIMES i BESTSELLER br br br br Pulitzer Prize winning author of b A Thousand Acres b br br br br Rousing Action packed A gripping story about love fortitude and convictions that are worth fighting for br br i Los Angeles Times i br br br br A i NEW YORK TIMES i NOTABLE BOOK br br br br POWERFUL Smiley takes us back to Kansas in a place of rising passions and vast uncertainties Narrated in the spirited unsentimental voice of year old Lidie Newton the novel is at once an ambitious examination of a turning point in history and the riveting story of one woman s journey into uncharted regions of place and self br br i Chicago Tribune i br br br br A grand tale of the moral and political upheavals igniting antebellum frontier life and a heroine so wonderfully fleshed and unforgettable you will think you are listening to her story instead of reading it Smiley may have snared a Pulitzer for b A Thousand Acres b but it is with Lydia Lidie Harkness Newton that she emphatically captures our hearts The key word in Smiley s title is Adventures and Lydia s are crammed with breathless movement danger and tension populated by terrifically entertaining characters and securely grounded in telling detail br br i The Miami Herald i br br br br SMILEY BRILLIANTLY EVOKES MID TH CENTURY LIFE Richly imagined and superbly written Jane Smiley s new novel is an extraordinary accomplishment in an already distinguished career br br i Atlanta Journal Constitution i br br br br A SPRAWLING EPIC A garrulous nights by the hearth narrative not unlike those classics of the period it emulates In following a rebellious young woman of into Kansas Territory and beyond the novel is so persuasively authentic that it reads like a forgotten document from the days of Twain and Stowe br br i The Boston Sunday Globe i br br br br CONSISTENTLY ENTERTAINING FILLED WITH ACTION AND IDEAS br br i The New York Times Book Review i br br br br ENGAGING A HARROWING ADVENTURE This picaresque tale presents a series of remarkable characters particularly in the inexperienced narrator whose graphic descriptions of travel and domestic life before the Civil War strip away romantic notions of simpler times Smiley has created an authentic voice in this struggle of a young woman to live simply amid a swirl of deadly antagonism br br i The Christian Science Monitor i br br br br A fine historical novel that describes a fascinating time and place It is both funny and subtle rich in ideas Smiley has created a better all around piece of fiction than any of her previous work including the Pulitzer Prize winning b A Thousand Acres b br br i The Wall Street Journal i br br br br Smiley is a writer of rare versatility who travels widely in her creative endeavors She proved her mastery of both short fiction and the novel with three sterling works b The Age of Grief b b Ordinary Love and Good Will b and b A Thousand Acres b her fondness for history had already been established with b The Greelanders b In she successfully extended her repertoire to comedy with the hilarious academic satire b Moo b What her new novel shares with all these works is its authorial intelligence br br i The Boston Sunday Globe i br br br br br Jane Smiley is nothing if not protean a literary ventriloquist of incredible range This is a novel that manages to combine the evocative storyteller s voice with the moviemaker s sense of drama and visuals an old fashioned tale told with contemporary steam and panache br br i The Philadelphia Inquirer i br br br br Not only is this a rollicking feminist tale of a woman who can handle herself in the thick of the Kansas Wars b The All True Travels and Adventures of Lidie Newton b is also a coming of age story as well as a lasting portrait of the genuinely tumultuous time just before the Civil War br br i The Raleigh News amp Observer i br br br br A tale of love and war revenge and betrayal Smiley s fictional memoir invites comparisons with b Gone with the Wind b even b War and Peace b Lidie Newton has the ring of honesty and truth It also carries the stamp of its author s historical sense stylistic verve and moral passion br br i St Louis Post Dispatch i br br br br Full of the same arresting authenticity of detail that carried b A Thousand Acres b br br i New York Daily News i br br br br LIDIE IS AN UNFORGETTABLE CHARACTER br The b All True Travels b is a showcase for Smiley s range and dexterity dead on in its emotional impact and resonant in the painful truths it conveys br br i San Diego Union Tribune i br br br br Rendered in sharply lucid prose and filled with wonderful period detail Lidie s story reads like a long and various dream brightly colored and brilliantly observed a journey into a world as troubled ambiguous and full of life as our own br br i Chicago Tribune i br br br br An adventure story full of suspense near misses and coincidence The first and sustaining marvel of Smiley s new novel is Lydia Newton s voice grounded in th century reserve yet honest self aware and curious br br i Toronto Globe amp Mail i br br br br Smiley nabbed a Pulitzer for b A Thousand Acres b This stunning new effort should win equally thunderous acclaim br br i Mademoiselle i br br br br An immensely appealing heroine a historical setting conveyed with impressive fidelity and a charming and poignant love story make Smiley s new novel a sure candidate for bestseller longevity Propelled by Lidie s spirited voice this narrative is packed with drama irony historical incident moral ambiguities and the perception of human frailty This novel performs all the functions of superior fiction in reading one woman s moving story we understand an historical epoch the social and political conditions that produced it and the psychological moral and economic motivations of the people who incited and endured its violent confrontations br br i Publishers Weekly i starred review br br br br Gloriously detailed and brilliantly told this is a hugely entertaining illuminating and sagacious vision of a time of profound moral and political conflict and of one woman s coming to terms with the perilous maddening and precious world br br i Booklist i starred review br br br br Smiley scales another peak with this bighearted and thoughtful picaresque novel A richly entertaining saga of a woman who might have been well matched with Thomas Berger s b Little Big Man b and whom Huck Finn would have been proud to claim as his big sister br br i Kirkus Reviews i starred review br br br br HER FINEST WORK YET Resembling a cross between the writing of Jane Austen Stephen Crane and Mark Twain A fast paced historical ride through a defining moment in our nation s history as seen through the eyes of a remarkable woman Smiley s biggest triumph is in the character of Lidie One can actually see her growth throughout the story as Lidie learns about the ambiguity of human morality and that true justice is rarely served br br i San Antonio Express News i br br br br Highly recommended Trust Smiley to take a situation charged with both social significance and novelistic opportunity and ride it for all its worth Smiley gives us a rich lode of historical detail yet keep the story moving so that it seems to flow by like a river while at the same time yielding up its riches in leisurely fashion br br i Library Journal i starred review br br br br Like b Cold Mountain b and b Beloved b and with more than a casual nod to Mark Twain this sprawling saga by the Pulitzer winning author of b A Thousand Acres b connects readers to the historical issues of the time br br i Glamour i br br br br Our heroine is a horse riding river swimming plain faced young woman with a distinctly well calibrated mind of her own br br i The Baltimore Sun i br br br br A long wild adventure Lidie never loses her pluck and her story becomes both a rich homage to b Adventures of Huckleberry Finn b and a thrilling variation on the derring do of b Lonesome Dove b br br i Outside i magazine br br br br A gripping epic new novel b The All True Travels b is consistently absorbing thanks in large part to the strong vibrant voice of the unforgettable Lidie Newton br br i Good Housekeeping i br br br br Packed with action in a setting worthy of a Western shoot em up br br i Newark Star Ledger i br br br br br ROUSING ACTION PACKED A gripping story about love fortitude and convictions that are worth fighting for regardless of the outcome The voice Smiley creates for her sympathetic and wonderfully human heroine is sharp engaging wry and wise br br i Los Angeles Times i