Jane Smiley

Jane Smiley is an American novelist known for her diverse works that often revolve around personal and family relationships. She won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1992 for her novel 'A Thousand Acres,' a modern retelling of Shakespeare's 'King Lear' set in a farming community in Iowa. Smiley's work is characterized by its emotional depth, detailed characterizations, and exploration of contemporary social issues.


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  1. 1. A Thousand Acres

    This novel is a modern retelling of Shakespeare's King Lear, set on a 1000-acre farm in Iowa. The story revolves around three daughters whose father decides to divide his land among them. The eldest two daughters are compliant with their father's decision, but the youngest daughter objects, leading to familial discord. The novel delves into themes of power, jealousy, and the dark secrets that can tear a family apart.