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Virtual Afternoon Book Discussion

My Antonia by Willa Cather

Tells the stories of an orphaned boy from Virginia, Jim Burden, and the elder daughter in a family of Bohemian immigrants, Ántonia Shimerda, who are each brought as children to be pioneers in Nebraska towards the end of the 19th century. Both the pioneers who first break the prairie sod for farming, as well as of the harsh but fertile land itself, feature in this American novel. The first year in the very new place leaves strong impressions in both children, affecting them lifelong.

This novel is considered Cather's first masterpiece. Cather was praised for bringing the American West to life and making it personally interesting.

We meet on Zoom the 2nd Tuesday of every month. Please contact Caroline at  cbadowski@westerlylibrary.org for meeting details. Copies of the book can be picked up on the 1st floor.

New members welcome!


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