Willa Cather week is over, it ended on Sunday, and I want to thank everyone who took part, blogged, tweeted etc. for their enthusiasm, I loved hearing what you all read.
I began my reading week, a few days early with Willa Cather’s first collection of Short stories The Troll Garden, my edition contained four other stories, and made for an excellent read, and thoroughly whetted my appetite for more. I then moved on immediately to A Lost Lady, which I have heard described as her best novel, I can see why. I loved it – a definite five star read, I was immensely impressed with the writing, the delicacy and subtlety. My third read; Shadows on the Rock was just as wonderful however, an historical novel set in Quebec it explores the European immigrant experience in a slightly different way.
I have tried very hard to keep up with all the blog posts reviewing Willa Cather books and stories, or talking about the reading week itself – but I have been a bit busy so huge apologies if I miss someone. If I have left you out please let me know and I’ll try to get around to editing you in.
Lori at The Emerald city has been reading A Lost Lady and Sapphira and the Slave Girl. I read Sapphira and the Slave girl a few months ago, and enjoyed it a lot. Lori also wrote a lovely post about her visit to Willa Cather’s grave in Jaffrey Center, New Hampshire.
Anbolyn at Gundrun’s Tights also read A Lost Lady and I know she found it to be a powerful read.
My Book Strings read My Mortal Enemy – which is still sitting unread on my shelves, but I rather like the idea of now.
Ana at Ana’ Fiches de Lectures has been reading The Song of the Lark a beautiful novel, though quite long, which explores Cathers love of the arts, music and opera particularly feature in this one.
Jean at Howling Frog books has been reading My Antonia and O Pioneers, two books that I know are beloved of many Cather fans.
Brona at Brona’s Books also read My Antonia – her first Willa Cather novel proved to be a big hit.
Another fan of My Antonia was Cirtnecce at Mockingbirds, Looking Glasses and Prejudices, who had, had the book on her Classic Club list.
Karen at Kaggsy’s Bookish Ramblings read a wonderful sounding short story Coming Aphrodite which I am now keen to read myself now.
Jane at Fleur in her World read Willa Cather’s first novel Alexander’s Bridge
I know Liz read Youth and the Bright Medusa short stories, and her review will be up soon, but I know she really enjoyed them.
The Willa Cather reading week giveaway ended on Saturday night – thank you to everyone who took part, sadly there can be two winners. Winners were selected using Random.org – and were notified over the weekend. Ana at Ana’ Fiches de Lectures won the copy of O Pioneers and Karen at Kaggsy’s Bookish Ramblings won a copy of My Antonia. Books will be sent off in the next few days to Florida and Sussex respectively, I hope you both enjoy the books, they are lovely editions.
I have so enjoyed sharing my increasing love of Willa Cather with you all, and I am looking forward to reading the Willa Cather books I have left unread. I might spread them out a little though, just so I have them to look forward to.