Willa Cather is another writer I feel like I should have read a long time ago and never managed it, so when I found this book on the trusty Library Sale shelves, I happily paid the 50 cents to fill in this gap in my reading. I really enjoyed this book. I think it was more of a character study than a novel almost; the characters felt very real and alive. The description was gorgeous, and made me long for a time machine so I could go back and see Nebraska as it is described by the author. I'll make it a point to get to more of Cather's writing, but again it might have to wait until I have cleared more of my to-be-read books.
Oh, and in an intriguing twist that hearkens back to my July reading theme, this book has a minor episode featuring a tramp whose meager personal effects include a copy of the poem "The Old Oaken Bucket," which became a popular song that was parodied by my obsession, Nat M. Wills, "the Happy Tramp." As the book was originally published in 1918, a year after Wills' death, it is possibly a reference to him... serious food for thought and research!