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Jane Smiley, A Thousand Acres

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A Thousand Acres of Trouble

Jane Smiley’s A Thousand Acres incorporates the King Lear story in a modern way. A family of farmers torn apart by the division of their father’s land, this novel shows the difficulties in family relations and traditions and subtly portrays the theme of feminism. 349 more words

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SOME LUCK captures the essence of American life in the 20th century

Some Luck

By Jane Smiley

Knopf: Oct. 7, 2014

$26.95, 416 pages

Jane Smiley may well have the most diverse body of work of any American author in the past quarter century. 1,359 more words

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Family album

If you’re of a certain age, you probably have a fat family photo album stashed in a closet. If you’re lucky, the pictures reach way back into the 20th century, stiffly-posed portraits giving way to informal photos. 519 more words

“Linda was just born when I had my first miscarriage, and for a while, six months maybe, the sight of those two babies, whom I had loved and cared for with real interest and satisfaction, affected me like poison.”

-Jane Smiley

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