My Antonia by Willa Cather

My Antonia, Willa Cather, 1918, novel


Written in the style of a memoir, My Ántonia chronicles Jim Burden’s friendship with the daughter of a Czech immigrant family. Recently orphaned, he moves west to Nebraska to live with his grandparents. Riding the same train is the Shimerda family, who are also on their way to settle in the area. The Shimerdas have a difficult life as pioneers: living in a sod house, working the fields, and running out of food in the winter. Jim soon becomes smitten with Ántonia, the eldest daughter, as they grow up and explore the landscape around them together. Through his eyes, we see both how she shapes the land around her and is shaped by the rigors of poverty.

My Ántonia is a novel published in 1918 by American writer Willa Cather, considered one of her best works. Wikipedia
Originally published 1918
Author Willa Cather
Characters Lena Lingard, Emmaline Burden, Ántonia Shimerda, Josiah Burden, Jimmy Burden
Genres Novel, Historical Fiction, Domestic Fiction, Western fiction
Followed by Women in Love
Original language English