Shadows on the Rock: Reissue (Paperback)

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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 toa new world even as they clung to the artifacts and manners of onethey 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 Cecile 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 creche. 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 andthen as legends and in which even the most intimate domestic scenes are suffused with a sense of wonder.

About the Author


WILLA CATHER, author of twelve novels, including O Pioneers!, My Antonia, 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."
Product Details
ISBN: 9780679764045
ISBN-10: 0679764046
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: September 26th, 1995
Pages: 240
Language: English
Series: Vintage Classics