Out on 05 September 2019

My Ántonia

Willa Cather

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05 September 2019
336 pages

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Set in rural Nebraska, Willa Cather’s My Ántonia is both the intricate story of a childhood friendship and a brilliant portrayal of the lives of rural pioneers in the late 19th century. This Macmillan Collector’s Library edition has an afterword by Professor Bridget Bennett.

Ántonia and her family are from Bohemia and they must endure real hardship and loss to establish a new home in America. But Ántonia is never broken by adversity and her strength and love of life stays with Jim for years to come, even as he leaves home to study and pursue his career. Told through Jim’s eyes, My Ántonia is a rich and beautiful novel about childhood and growing up, different cultures and the lure of home.

It's one of the warmest, most quietly rousing books that I know; a clear-eyed salute to the resilience of the human spirit and the innate hardiness of the immigrants who came across the ocean to start afresh in the golden west

Xan Brooks - The Guardian

Willa Cather was a wordsmith of enormous talent

Robert Slayton - Los Angeles Review of Books

Her novels stick in the reader’s mind as flickering memories of places we may never have seen with our own eyes

Jane Smiley - The Paris Review