First published in 1913,0 Pioneers! was hailed by the critics as "a totally new kind of story," with characters "new in American fiction" and a heroine who was "a new and interesting type." Cather's heroine, Alexandra Bergson, would, in fact, become the model for the pioneer women of later literature. Spirited, courageous, and independent, the daughter of Swedish immigrants, Alexandra assumes responsibility for the family farm and her family upon the death of her father. Her devotion to the harsh, forbidding prairie transforms her land and her life.More
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Pretty sounding prose.
I chose this selection after listening to Dana Ivey narrate A Common Life by Jan Karon
I know this is the abridged version of the story, but it was Dana Ivey that won me to the abridged version. Couldn't find a voice I liked as well in the unabridged selections.