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‘A Thousand Acres’ By Jane Smiley

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Posted: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 12:30 am

“Jess and Pete thought alike — like city boys, my father would have said, looking for the payoff in a situation rather than the pitfall. Rose and Ty and I played like farmers, looking for pitfalls, holes, drop-offs, something small that will tip the tractor, break it, eat into your time, your crop, the profits that already exist in your mind, and not only as a result of crop projections and long-range forecasts, but also as an ideal that has never been attained, but could be this year.” — Jane Smiley, “A Thousand Acres.”

Following a late summer trip to the midwest, I reacquainted myself with Jane Smiley’s “A Thousand Acres” (1991, Ballantine Books).

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