Title Profile & Character Information

A Thousand Acres

Annotation
A thousand acres, a piece of land of almost mythic proportions. Upon this fertile, nourishing earth, Jane Smiley has set her rich, breathtakingly dramatic novel of an American family whose wealth cannot stay the hand of tragedy. It is the intense, compelling story of a father and his daughters, of sisters, of wives and husbands, and of the human cost of a lifetime spent trying to subdue the land and the passions it stirs. The most critically acclaimed novel of the literary season, a classic story of contemporary American life, A THOUSAND ACRES is destined to be read for years to come. "It has been a long time since a novel so surprised me with its power to haunt . . . . Its genius grows from its ruthless acceptance of the divided nature of every character . . . . This gives A THOUSAND ACRES the prismatic quality of the greatest art." -- Chicago Tribune Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award From the Trade Paperback edition.

Awards
1991  National Book Critics Circle Awards
1992  Pulitzer Prize
1993  American Library Association Notable Books

Characters
NameGinny
GenderFemale
OccupationFarmer
TraitMarried

NameRose
GenderFemale
OccupationFarmer
TraitsMarried
Mother

NameCaroline
GenderFemale
OccupationLawyer

GenreDomestic
    --Generational
Psychological
Saga
    --Family
Literary
Fiction
TopicsFamily farms
Sisters
Farm life
Fathers and daughters
SettingZebulon County, Iowa
Farm