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Join us for a spirited discussion of Willa Cather's classic novel MY ANTONIA. Sometimes overlooked as an exemplar of modernist fiction, new generations of readers are still dazzled by the beauty and psychological innovation of this immigrant story set in Nebraska.
Did you read the novel in high school? Were you tired of hearing about Cather growing up and never actually read her work? Come decide for yourself and debate if the hype is deserved.
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We meet the third Tuesday of every odd-numbered month--Mar 19, May 21--so if you can't make it this month, we hope to see you soon.
In this symphonically powerful and magnificently observed novel, Cather created one of the most winning heroines in American fiction, a woman whose calm, undemonstrative strength and robust high spirits make her emblematic of the virtues Cather most admired in her country. Ántonia Shimerda is the daughter of Bohemian immigrant parents struggling with the oceanic loneliness of life on the Nebraska prairie. Through the eyes of Jim Burden, her tutor and disappointed admirer, we follow Ántonia from farm to town as she survives hardships both natural and human, from poverty to a failed romance—and not only survives, but triumphs.
Willa Cather, author of twelve novels, including O Pioneers!, My Ántonia, and Death Comes for the Archbishop, was born in Virginia in 1873 but grew up in Nebraska, where many of her novels are set. In 1922 she won the Pulitzer Prize for one of her lesser-known books, One of Ours. Her other novels include The Song of the Lark, The Professor’ s House, My Mortal Enemy, and Lucy Gayheart. She died in 1947 in New York City.