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Jane Smiley

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Perspective and Narrator

A Thousand Acres is narrated in the first person by the main character, Ginny Cook Smith.


A Thousand Acres is told in the past tense as the narrator, Ginny Cook Smith, looks back on events that occurred several years earlier in her family.

About the Title

A Thousand Acres is the size of the Iowa farm that is both the setting of the novel and also the subject of a personal and legal battle that embroils the main character's family. The number of acres is significant because it is the largest farm in the county where the Cook family lives.


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