“No romantic novel ever written in America . . . is one half so beautiful as My Ántonia.” —H. L. Mencken.
Willa Cather's heartfelt novel is the unforgettable story of an immigrant woman's life on the hardscrabble Nebraska plains. Through Ántonia, a uniquely American portrait emerges, both of a community struggling with unforgiving terrain and of a woman who, amid great hardship, stands as a timeless inspiration.
The book shows how these people were at the mercy of nature; how their life and livelihoods hung on the turn of the seasons. Its unobtrusive, effortlessly vivid prose leads us from "the windy springs and the blazing summers" all the way to a winter that's so clear, crisp and crystalline it feels as though we're witnessing it for the very first time. A story of the hardships of a bitter winter in the American west, this is also a stirring tribute to unfreezable human spirit. - The Guardian.
Widely recognized as Willa Cather’s greatest novel.