A Thousand Acres Summary
Jane Smiley

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A Thousand Acres Overview

Taking its cue from Shakespeare's King Lear, the main protagonist determines to find out which of his family is true and loyal to him as he determines which child to transfer his power and wealth to. This novel is one of many that use the local color movement of the nineteenth century, where writers like Hamlin Garland and Willa Gather chronicled the efforts of pioneers, often immigrants, to bring the midwestern prairies under cultivation, and the emotional, financial, and physical price many paid for developing this vast agricultural breadbasket.

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