Janice's choice for our book club this month was A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley. This story has been made into a made-for-TV-movie starring Jason Robards as the father. Our club thought it might be worth viewing together. The book is a modern take-off on King Lear. It's a family farm story so if you come from a rural family or are currently in one, you will have some identification with this lifestyle. This family is definitely a dysfunctional one and there's not much "fun" in the "dysfunction". I enjoyed this book. I thought it portrayed the "family farm" story pretty accurately. It was slow starting so it was Chapter 6 or 7 before I was really interested. Read it - I think you'll also enjoy it.