by Willa Cather
"O Pioneers!" tells the story of a family on the prairie in Kansas at the turn of the 20th century. It opens shortly before the death of John Bergson. Upon his death, the oldest of his children, Alexandra, takes charge. This doesn't prove easy for her in a male dominated world.
As the hard winters force most of the neighbors to sell out and look for greener pastures, Alexandra decides to buy up the surrounding land. This was difficult to sell to her brothers, but proves worth the risk.
"O Pioneers" follows the family into the next century. I found it a very easy book to read. I recommend it to all those who are looking for a good story about frontier life.