A Lost Lady

A Lost Lady

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Marian Forrester brings delight to her husband, an elderly railroad pioneer; to the small town of Sweet Water where they live; and to Niel Herbert, the young narrator of her story, who falls in love with her as a boy and later becomes her confidant. He witnesses this vibrant woman in all her contradictory facets: by turns faithless and steadfast, dazzling and pathetic, invincibly charming yet dangerously vulnerable to the men she charms. All are bewitched by her charisma and grace - and all are ultimately betrayed.

'This classic has the striking economy of Hemingway, and is as poignant an elegy for the pioneer West as I have read. The vivacious Marian Forrester stands as a romantic paean to the pioneer's reckless abandon, counterpointed by the narrator's prim decency' The Times
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Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 16mm | 220g
  • Virago Press Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 184408373X
  • 9781844083732
  • 528,781

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She is undoubtedly one of the twentieth century's greatest American writers OBSERVER
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She is undoubtedly one of the twentieth century's greatest American writers * OBSERVER * Willa Cather makes a world which is burningly alive, sometimes lovely, often tragic * HELEN DUNMORE * A poised and perfectly shaped novel * DAILY MAIL * Her finest novel . . . A masterpiece * IRISH TIMES *
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About Willa Cather

Willa Cather (1873-1947) was born in Virginia where for generations her ancestors farmed land. She became a teacher and journalist and is one of the greatest American writers of the twentieth century.
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5,475 ratings
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4 40% (2,183)
3 31% (1,706)
2 8% (425)
1 1% (78)
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