Shadows on the Rock

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Aug 24, 2011 - Fiction - 240 pages
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Willa Cather's novel of seventeenth-century Quebec is a luminous evocation of North American origins, and of the men and women who struggled to adapt to a new world even as they clung to the artifacts and manners of one they left behind.

In 1697, Quebec is an island of French civilization perched on a bare gray rock amid a wilderness of trackless forests. For many of its settlers, Quebec is a place of exile, so remote that an entire winter passes without a word from home. But to twelve-year-old Cécile Auclair, the rock is home, where even the formidable Governor Frontenac entertains children in his palace and beavers lie beside the lambs in a Christmas créche. As Cather follows this devout and resourceful child over the course of a year, she re-creates the continent as it must have appeared to its first European inhabitants. And she gives us a spellbinding work of historical fiction in which great events occur first as rumors and then as legends—and in which even the most intimate domestic scenes are suffused with a sense of wonder.
 

BONUS: The edition includes an excerpt from The Selected Letters of Willa Cather.
 

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User Review  - thornton37814 - LibraryThing

Cather, best known for her portrayals of the American West, relates the story of a widowed 17th century apothecary and his daughter living in Quebec. Readers are treated to wonderful descriptions of ... Read full review

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User Review  - BevWel - LibraryThing

A fine novel of life in Quebec City beginning 1697. Some of the story takes place on Holy Family Street. The marriage of my 6th gr.grandparents took place in a church on that street. I loved reading ... Read full review

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WILLA CATHER, author of twelve novels, including O Pioneers!, My Ántonia, and Death Comes for the Archbishop, was born in Virginia in 1873 but grew up in Nebraska, where many of her novels are set. She died in 1947 in New York City.

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