A beautiful classic! Wonderful characters! A vivid depiction of the harshness of pioneers lives on the Nebraska prairie in 1890. How they endured I'll never know! Close lifelong friendships, immigrants, differing religions, death in deep winter during a terrible snowstorm. Interesting all the way around. I highly recommend it.
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Published in 1918
This was also made into a movie in 1995 starring Jason Robards and Neil Patrick Harris.