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In the tradition of such classics as My Ántonia 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.

Review:

"Keesey debuts with a confidently energetic tale of an 18-year-old orphan who leaves Chicago to eke out a new life for herself in Century, Ore., at the turn of the 20th century. Esther Chambers arrives knowing little about the West, but cousin Ferris 'Pick' Pickett — a cattleman and embodiment of the independence and enterprise of the frontier — sets Esther up in a cabin on the shores of Lake Half-a-Mind with plans for her to homestead till the land becomes a part of Pick's holdings. As Esther acclimates to a life of hard work — which Keesey evokes in economical and striking images — she comes to love the land and its inhabitants, learns to ride a horse, and falls for a sheepherder, the enemy of the cattleman. When factional conflicts erupt in violence, the harsh realities of cowboy justice and life in the West come to light, forcing Esther to choose her loyalties carefully. While Keesey offers a variety of characters with intriguing stories of their own, it is the richly depicted setting — from desert to dry goods store — that showcases her talent. Agent: Julie Barer, Barer Literary. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Review:

"Here is a fine novel, written with grace, about the settling of Oregon and the evening redness in the West. The desert town of Century is about to consume itself with greed and vengeance when a young orphan from Chicago shows up with a moral clarity that outstrips her age, to remind us that character matters, and that justice is pursuant to conscience. Little Century is a frontier saga, a love story, and an epic of many small pleasures." Joshua Ferris, author of Then We Came to the End

Review:

"'One place understood helps us understand all other places better,' Eudora Welty once said, and such is the case in this outstanding debut. Anna Keesey renders Little Century's time and place marvelously, but the novels concerns are timeless and universal. With its beautiful language, memorable characters, and compelling story, Little Century is sure to gain a wide and appreciative audience." Ron Rash, author of Serena

Review:

"This is a beautiful and completely absorbing book. In spare, luminous prose, Anna Keesey perfectly conjures the textures, characters, and urgency of life in Century. I read it at a gallop, and didnt want it to end." Madeline Miller, author of The Song of Achilles

Review:

"Little Century is rich and true and achingly beautiful. Its heroine, Esther Chambers, is the kind found in the best classic literature: an innocent caught against the backdrop of escalating violence whose essential goodness and loyalty shine through the savagery around her." Kathleen Kent, author of The Heretics Daughter

Review:

"Keesey writes lyrically and examines the ferocity of frontier life with an unromantic and penetrating voice." Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Review:

"Highly entertaining reading. First novelist Keesey has produced a top-notch novel of Western Americana." Keddy Ann Outlaw, Library Journal (starred review)

Synopsis:

“Anna Keeseys debut novel hums with raw energy: its youthful heroines, the small town around which the ranches lie, and the new century thats just unfolding....Exhilarating.”—The Boston Globe

In the tradition of such Western classics as My Ántonia and There Will Be Blood, Anna Keeseys 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 town of Century, Oregon, shes met by her distant cousin—a cattle rancher named Ferris Pickett. There, she begins a new life as a homesteader, in the hope that her land will one day join Picks impressive spread.

But Century is in the midst of an escalating and violent war over water and rangeland. As incidents between the sheep and cattle ranchers turn to bloodshed, Esthers sympathies are divided between her cousin and a sheepherder named Ben Cruff, sworn enemy of the cattlemen. Torn between her growing passion for Ben and her love of the austere land, she begins to realize that she cant be loyal to both.

Synopsis:

In the tradition of such classics as My Ántonia and There Will Be Blood, Anna Keeseys 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, shes 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 Picks already impressive spread.

But Esther discovers that this town on the edge of civilization is in the midst of a range war. Theres plenty of land, but somehow it is not enough for the ranchers—its 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 cant be loyal to both.

Little Century maps our countrys cutthroat legacy of dispossession and greed, even as it celebrates the ecstatic visions of what America could become.

About the Author

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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Lauren Funtanilla, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by Lauren Funtanilla)
Beautiful prose. A new look at the ways the human spirit can triumph over the raw, and sometimes unforgiving, nature of the old West.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780374192044
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Keesey, Anna
Publisher:
Picador
Subject:
Westerns
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
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Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20130702
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Keesey debuts with a confidently energetic tale of an 18-year-old orphan who leaves Chicago to eke out a new life for herself in Century, Ore., at the turn of the 20th century. Esther Chambers arrives knowing little about the West, but cousin Ferris 'Pick' Pickett — a cattleman and embodiment of the independence and enterprise of the frontier — sets Esther up in a cabin on the shores of Lake Half-a-Mind with plans for her to homestead till the land becomes a part of Pick's holdings. As Esther acclimates to a life of hard work — which Keesey evokes in economical and striking images — she comes to love the land and its inhabitants, learns to ride a horse, and falls for a sheepherder, the enemy of the cattleman. When factional conflicts erupt in violence, the harsh realities of cowboy justice and life in the West come to light, forcing Esther to choose her loyalties carefully. While Keesey offers a variety of characters with intriguing stories of their own, it is the richly depicted setting — from desert to dry goods store — that showcases her talent. Agent: Julie Barer, Barer Literary. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "Here is a fine novel, written with grace, about the settling of Oregon and the evening redness in the West. The desert town of Century is about to consume itself with greed and vengeance when a young orphan from Chicago shows up with a moral clarity that outstrips her age, to remind us that character matters, and that justice is pursuant to conscience. Little Century is a frontier saga, a love story, and an epic of many small pleasures."
"Review" by , "'One place understood helps us understand all other places better,' Eudora Welty once said, and such is the case in this outstanding debut. Anna Keesey renders Little Century's time and place marvelously, but the novels concerns are timeless and universal. With its beautiful language, memorable characters, and compelling story, Little Century is sure to gain a wide and appreciative audience."
"Review" by , "This is a beautiful and completely absorbing book. In spare, luminous prose, Anna Keesey perfectly conjures the textures, characters, and urgency of life in Century. I read it at a gallop, and didnt want it to end."
"Review" by , "Little Century is rich and true and achingly beautiful. Its heroine, Esther Chambers, is the kind found in the best classic literature: an innocent caught against the backdrop of escalating violence whose essential goodness and loyalty shine through the savagery around her."
"Review" by , "Keesey writes lyrically and examines the ferocity of frontier life with an unromantic and penetrating voice."
"Review" by , "Highly entertaining reading. First novelist Keesey has produced a top-notch novel of Western Americana."
"Synopsis" by ,

“Anna Keeseys debut novel hums with raw energy: its youthful heroines, the small town around which the ranches lie, and the new century thats just unfolding....Exhilarating.”—The Boston Globe

In the tradition of such Western classics as My Ántonia and There Will Be Blood, Anna Keeseys 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 town of Century, Oregon, shes met by her distant cousin—a cattle rancher named Ferris Pickett. There, she begins a new life as a homesteader, in the hope that her land will one day join Picks impressive spread.

But Century is in the midst of an escalating and violent war over water and rangeland. As incidents between the sheep and cattle ranchers turn to bloodshed, Esthers sympathies are divided between her cousin and a sheepherder named Ben Cruff, sworn enemy of the cattlemen. Torn between her growing passion for Ben and her love of the austere land, she begins to realize that she cant be loyal to both.

"Synopsis" by ,

In the tradition of such classics as My Ántonia and There Will Be Blood, Anna Keeseys 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, shes 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 Picks already impressive spread.

But Esther discovers that this town on the edge of civilization is in the midst of a range war. Theres plenty of land, but somehow it is not enough for the ranchers—its 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 cant be loyal to both.

Little Century maps our countrys cutthroat legacy of dispossession and greed, even as it celebrates the ecstatic visions of what America could become.

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