My Antonia by Willa Cather


One of Cather’s earliest novels, written in 1918, My Antonia is the story of Ántonia Shimerda, who arrives on the Nebraska frontier as part of a family of Bohemian emigrants. Her story is told through the eyes of Jim Burden, a neighbor who will befriend Ántonia, teach her English, and follow the remarkable story of her life.

For more novels that focus on the immigrant experience, check these out:

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

Brooklyn by Colm Toibin


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