I just finished up A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley. It’s the story of an Iowa farm family in the 1970s. A tragedy loosely based on Shakespeare’s King Lear, it is a well written, highly detailed narrative. My grandparents were cattle ranchers and I really could identify with the descriptions of farm life, as well as the petty problems of very small towns. With its insanity, incest, suicide, and illness, it wasn’t exactly a feel good novel, but it was well written and definitely worth reading.
Next up: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. I am loving this darling book so far!
I just love a good book and am looking forward to lazier summer days. What have you read lately that you could recommend?