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A Thousand Acres by Jane SmileyRead about the other entries on the list.
Set on a prairie farm in Iowa, Smiley's novel tells how the three daughters of Larry Cook struggle over the control of the land and of their family memories. It is the plot of King Lear moved to the mid-West, with the added twist that it is narrated by the sister who has taken the role of Goneril.
For another take on updated novels, see: Twice-told tales.