Adult Fiction CATHER
Summary: In this powerful and astonishing novel, Willa Cather created one of the most winning yet thoroughly convincing heroines in American fiction. Antonia Shimerda, the daughter of Bohemian immigrants, not only survives her father's suicide, poverty, and a failed romance, she triumphs with high spirits. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Met Antonia on a train; Sent to live with his grandparents at the age of ten; became friends with Antonio; taught Antonio English; attended college where he greatly missed the prairie life and his friends; returns to Nebraska twenty years later.
Her family was Jim's grandparent's new neighbors; father committed suicide; moved to Denver with a railroad man who left her pregnant and unmarried; returned to Nebraska to work in the fields.