So Big Author:Edna Ferber "Cabbages," she said, "are beautiful!" — The big Dutch farmer who road beside her on the bouncing buckboard wagon began to laugh. Such foolishness! Cabbages, he knew, were planted, grew into heads, then became sauerkraut. This new schoolteacher would bear watching. Writing, reading, and arithmetic were the subjects farmer kids needed to learn.... more » There was no place for beauty in High Prairie.
This, then, is the story of Selina Peake who, at nineteen, came to teach in High Prairie, Illinois. She was to marry a stolid Dutch farmer, bear him a son, find herself a widow. However, she was never to forget that beauty was important--as important as the practical things of life. She became a slave to the soil, making every sacrifice that her son might have the things she had missed. He became a great success in Chicago, but he traded integrity for power and position. It was in an underprivileged neighbor's son that Selina saw her great dream coming true. And when it came to a choice between her own son and this boy, Selina knew where her own integrity lay.
Surely no novel in recent years has probed so deeply into a mother's heart. When you read SO BIG, you will know exactly why it was awarded the Pulitzer Prize.« less