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A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley

When Larry Cook decides to retire and hand over his farm of a thousand acres to his three daughters, the elder two accept eagerly, his youngest daughter refuses the gift. This is an epic study of a tyrant and of a family slowly disintegrating as old sins see the light of day.
Jane Smiley was born in Los Angeles. A Thousand Acres won a Pulitzer Prize.

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A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley