O Pioneers! is a classic moving tale of the frontier told in a powerful style and with a strong sense of character. When Alexandra Bergson's father dies, she is left with the responsibility of raising her younger brothers on their father's unsuccessful farm. Alexandra is deeply involved with life as she meets the demands of laboring on the prairie farm, and wrestling with her conflicting emotions. The unyielding land of the Nebraska Divide would be challenge enough, but a violent passion shakes this courageous young woman to her core and changes her life forever.
Public Domain (P)2010 Books In Motion
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"Setting over Plot"
The sub-plot with the younger brother.
If you're looking to get a feel for what it meant to strike out on your own in the old west, definitely read this book. I came to it while doing research for writing a piece set in the west and it more than fulfilled my hopes.
Ah yes, and it also tells a marvelous and bittersweet story about how minds fare when their owners are always working the land, or always sitting at home, or always upset, or perpetually rootless.
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