Little Century

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Thorndike Press, 2012 - Fiction - 515 pages
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In the tradition of such classics as "My Antonia "and "There Will Be Blood," Anna Keesey's "Little Century "is a resonant and moving debut novel by a writer of confident gifts.
Orphaned after the death of her mother, eighteen-year-old Esther Chambers heads west in search of her only living relative. In the lawless frontier town of Century, Oregon, she's met by her distant cousin, a laconic cattle rancher named Ferris Pickett. Pick leads her to a tiny cabin by a small lake called Half-a-Mind, and there she begins her new life as a homesteader. If she can hold out for five years, the land will join Pick's already impressive spread.
But Esther discovers that this town on the edge of civilization is in the midst of a range war. There's plenty of land, but somehow it is not enough for the ranchers--it's cattle against sheep, with water at a premium. In this charged climate, small incidents of violence swiftly escalate, and Esther finds her sympathies divided between her cousin and a sheepherder named Ben Cruff, a sworn enemy of the cattle ranchers. As her feelings for Ben and for her land grow, she begins to see she can't be loyal to both.
"Little Century "maps our country's cutthroat legacy of dispossession and greed, even as it celebrates the ecstatic visions of what America could become.

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User Review  - Jenny Shank - Goodreads

Frontier Justice: A review of Little Century REVIEW - From the July 22, 2013 issue of High Country News When Esther Chambers moves to central Oregon from ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jackalacka - Goodreads

Set during the "wild west" era in eastern Oregon, a young woman is orphaned and sent to live with her cousin, the only family she has yet she has never met and soon is embroiled in frontier wars ... Read full review

About the author (2012)

Anna Keesey is a graduate of Stanford University and of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Her work has appeared in a number of journals and anthologies, including "Best American Short Stories." She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship and has held residencies at MacDowell, Bread Loaf, Yaddo, and Provincetown. Keesey teaches English and creative writing at Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon.

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