A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley

A Thousand Acres

Jane Smiley

fiction literary challenging reflective sad slow-paced

384 pages


This powerful twentieth-century reimagining of Shakespeare's King Lear centers on a wealthy Iowa farmer who decides to divide his farm between his three daughters. When the youngest objects, she is cut out of his will. This sets off a chain of eve...
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emotional 80%
reflective 68%
dark 60%
sad 44%
tense 40%
challenging 36%
mysterious 8%


slow 60%
medium 28%
fast 10%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 62% | A mix: 25% | Plot: 12%

Strong character development?

Yes: 73% | It's complicated: 21% | No: 4%

Loveable characters?

It's complicated: 58% | No: 33% | Yes: 8%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 91% | Yes: 8%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 86% | It's complicated: 13%

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