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So Big

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Title:So Big
Ferber, Edna   
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Published:   1924
Publisher:Grosset & Dunlap
Tags:fiction, Pulitzer Prize

The story follows the life of a young woman, Selina Peake De Jong, who decides to be a school teacher in farming country. During her stay on the Pool family farm, she encourages the young Roelf Pool to follow his interests, which include art. Upon his mother's death, Roelf runs away to France. Meanwhile, Selina marries a Dutch farmer named Pervus. They have a child together, Dirk, whom she nicknames "So Big," from the common question and answer "How big is baby? " "So-o-o-o big!". Pervus becomes ill and dies, and Selina is forced to take over working on the farm to give Dirk a future. As Dirk gets older, he works as an architect but is more interested in making money than creating buildings and becomes a stock broker, much to his mother's disappointment. His love interest, Dallas O'Mara, an acclaimed artist, echoes this sentiment by trying to convince Dirk that there is more to life than money. Much later in life, Selina is visited by Roelf Pool ...—Wikipedia. [Suggest a different description.]

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Edna Ferber (1885-1968) was an American novelist and playwright. She was born in Michigan, but her family moved frequently as her father pursued business interests. The daughter of Jewish parents, she suffered from extensive anti-Semitic abuse as a child which haunted her for the rest of her life. Ferber’s sense of herself as a Jew and her adult responses to antisemitism were also shaped by the pain of those years. At age 17, she began working for the Appleton Daily Crescent, a small newspaper in Appleton, Wisconsin. Her early experience in journalism led her to a life of writing. She moved to New York City where she met a wide array of friends which at one point led her to join the Algonquin Round Table which was a loose association of intellectuals who discussed a variety of topics. Even before her experiences in New York she began to write and publish short stories and novels. She was known for books that featured strong female protagonists. In 1925 she won the Pulitzer Prize for her novel "So Big", a story about a widowed woman struggling to work a farm by herself while raising her son. Ferber’s enduring love of America and its workers is a theme that resonates throughout her work which still inspires readers to this day. (Encyclopedia of Jewish Women)

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