O Pioneers! is the story of the Nebraska prairie at the turn of the century. It follows Alexandra Bergson from a young lady, whose father leaves the failing family farm in her hands, to a successful, mature business woman. Along the way, the author describes the people who settled and tamed the land. The story is uplifting and tragic at the same time. Cather writes some strong, yet flawed, female characters. I felt if I really knew the characters, even those with smaller rolls in the novel. I definitely recommend the book to anyone with an interest in American history and westward expansion.
Willa Cather is actually a pioneer. One of the first highly acclaimed female authors of our time, her words are jewels and reading her work is a slow, sweet pleasure. This is a book I cannot give up, so it lives in my "secret stash" and will be re-read from time to time. If you have never read this, you MUST.