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Publisher Comments:

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 town of Century, Oregon, she's 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 Pick's 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, Esther's 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.

Review:

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

Review:

“Stunning...Oregon's hardscrabble frontier comes utterly alive for us, and in prose so lovely, spot-on, and accomplished, I found myself dog-earing nearly every page....An incredible debut.” Paula McLain, author of The Paris Wife

Review:

“Keesey fuses the unforgiving landscape and the rich inner life of Esther with an artists eye....An unforgettable portrait of the American West.” Minneapolis Star Tribune

Review:

“Fluid and restrained prose, solid plotting, and a keen eye for detail...Keesey is a sentence writer in control of her craft.” Jonathan Evison, The New York Times Book Review

Review:

“Briskly romantic....It's Willa Cather with a sense of humor.” O, The Oprah Magazine

Review:

“An ambitious novel....A work about who will inherit the earth, and who deserves to....Keesey's words are clear as lake water.” The Washington Post

Review:

“[Esther is] a character with moral clarity and wisdom beyond her age. Beautiful language, memorable characters, and a compelling story, Little Century is historical fiction at its best.” The Wichita Eagle

Review:

“There's not a single sentence in this novel that reads like it took hard work. The characters, sprung from another time, living in a place as removed as another planet, come to life on the page, and all their flaws feel as consistent and true as the flaws of our dearest loved ones in this work of near perfection.” The Rumpus

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.” Library Journal (starred review)

Review:

“Confidently energetic....While Keesey offers a variety of characters with intriguing stories of their own, it is the richly depicted setting — from desert to dry good store — that showcases her talent.” Publishers Weekly

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 novel's 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 didn't 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 Heretic's Daughter

Review:

“Anna Keesey conjures her Western landscape of ranches and homesteads with painterly richness, but it's her uncanny historical imagination that really takes the breath away. Her characters pulse with life; their times feel as immediate, as urgent and vital, as our own.” Peter Ho Davies, author of The Welsh Girl

Review:

“Historical fiction at its finest — precise and particular in detail, character, and setting, yet vast and epic in scope and theme. Little Century is a remarkable achievement.” Larry Watson, author of Montana 1948

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781250033369
Author:
Keesey, Anna
Publisher:
Picador USA
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Westerns
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Literary
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20130731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

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Product details 336 pages Picador USA - English 9781250033369 Reviews:
"Review" by , “Anna Keesey's debut novel hums with raw energy: its youthful heroines, the small town around which the ranches lie, and the new century that's just unfolding....Exhilarating.”
"Review" by , “Stunning...Oregon's hardscrabble frontier comes utterly alive for us, and in prose so lovely, spot-on, and accomplished, I found myself dog-earing nearly every page....An incredible debut.”
"Review" by , “Keesey fuses the unforgiving landscape and the rich inner life of Esther with an artists eye....An unforgettable portrait of the American West.”
"Review" by , “Fluid and restrained prose, solid plotting, and a keen eye for detail...Keesey is a sentence writer in control of her craft.”
"Review" by , “Briskly romantic....It's Willa Cather with a sense of humor.”
"Review" by , “An ambitious novel....A work about who will inherit the earth, and who deserves to....Keesey's words are clear as lake water.”
"Review" by , “[Esther is] a character with moral clarity and wisdom beyond her age. Beautiful language, memorable characters, and a compelling story, Little Century is historical fiction at its best.”
"Review" by , “There's not a single sentence in this novel that reads like it took hard work. The characters, sprung from another time, living in a place as removed as another planet, come to life on the page, and all their flaws feel as consistent and true as the flaws of our dearest loved ones in this work of near perfection.”
"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.”
"Review" by , “Confidently energetic....While Keesey offers a variety of characters with intriguing stories of their own, it is the richly depicted setting — from desert to dry good store — that showcases her talent.”
"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 novel's 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 didn't 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 , “Anna Keesey conjures her Western landscape of ranches and homesteads with painterly richness, but it's her uncanny historical imagination that really takes the breath away. Her characters pulse with life; their times feel as immediate, as urgent and vital, as our own.”
"Review" by , “Historical fiction at its finest — precise and particular in detail, character, and setting, yet vast and epic in scope and theme. Little Century is a remarkable achievement.”
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