17 July 2005

A Lost Lady by Willa Cather

Fiction. Paperback from Vintage Books. Published in 1923. From my mom's library.

Mom was reading this for her book club while we were on vacation at the "Red Neck Riviera" (that's the Alabama Gulf Coast, if you weren't sure). She passed it on to me. It is a strange little book.

Publisher's summary:
Marian Forrester is the symbolic flower of the Old American West. She draws her strength from that solid foundation, bringing delight and beauty to her elderly husband, to the small town of Sweet Water where they live, to the prairie land itself, and to the young narrator of her story, Neil Herbert. All are bewitched by her brilliance and grace, and all are ultimately betrayed. For Marian longs for "life on any terms", and in fulfilling herself, she loses all she loved and all who loved her. This, Willa Cather's most perfect novel, is not only a portrait of a troubling beauty, but also a haunting evocation of a noble age slipping irrevocably into the past.

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