Synopses & Reviews
First published in 1930 and shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize, The Great Meadow
is a historical novel set in the early days of Kentucky settlement. Intertwined with a flowing romantic saga of young love on the Kentucky trail, are richly painted scenes colonial America.
Diony Hall has waited for many years for her betrothed to return to marry her. Trying to fathom the nature of identity and her place in the vast newly created America, Diony spends her time at the family hearthside, combining her love of reading with her roles within the family circle and the daily tasks on the homestead. When Berk Jarvis returns and they are married, they both bid farewell to Virginia, family, community, and security to head out to found a new family and a new life together in the wilderness of Kentucky. What follows is a breathtaking story of love and death, as the settlers cross the Appalachian mountains and struggle to carve a new life on the unforgiving frontier at the mercy of shortages, harsh winters, and the perpetual danger of Indian attack. This astonishing novel, with its rhythmic prose, has too long been forgotten.
"Lucid and arresting, rhythmical, fresh in phrasing and construction, giving always the effect of effortless arrangement." New York Times
"The story is told in beautiful, lyrical prose...highly recommended." The Historical Novels Review
About the Author
Elizabeth Madox Roberts (1881-1941) was a Kentucky novelist and poet. Though her writing is comparable to Willa Cather, William Faulkner, and Robert Penn Warren, she also possesses a vital link to succeeding generations of female authors such as Kate Chopin and Toni Morrison.