Willa Sibert Cather
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My Ántonia tells the stories of several immigrant families who move out to rural Nebraska to start new lives in America, with a particular focus on a Bohemian family, the Shimerdas, whose eldest daughter is named Ántonia. The book’s narrator, Jim Burden, arrives in the fictional town of Black Hawk, Nebraska, on the same train as the Shimerdas, as he goes to live with his grandparents after his parents have died. Jim develops strong feelings for Ántonia, something between a crush and a filial bond, and the reader views Ántonia’s life, including its attendant struggles and triumphs, through that lens.
The immigrant experience circa early 1900's Nebraska.. Fascinating..
Would not call this the best book ever, but a good, interesting read. Not entirely sure why the author is not Jim Burden, but beyond that the story is a good tale of friendship and childhood innocence.