|Title:||Prologue to Love|
|Publisher:||Dodd, Mead & Company|
|Tags:||Canadiana, fiction, romance|
This book concerns a girl named Autumn, who returns from Europe to her home in the Okanagan Valley and falls in love with the son of her dead mother’s lover. It offers a portrait of a prosperous Canadian ranching community. There are many descriptive passages and intensely visual scenes are used. Autumn desires a man who is in tune with the natural world and traditional ways of life. Bruce Landor is a neighbouring rancher who is hard-working, physically strong, and “purposeful”. His rival for Autumn is the foppish, cocktail-drinking, “impeccably tailored” Florian Parr. Can you guess Autumn’s choice?—Canadian Literature, Spring 2008. [Suggest a different description.]
Author Bio for Ostenso, Martha
Martha Ostenso (1900-1963) was an American author and screenwriter. Born in Norway, her family emigrated to Manitoba, but eventually settled in the U.S. Midwest. She studied at the University of Manitoba where she met another author, Douglas Durkin whom she married in 1945. They moved to New York where she continued her studies at Columbia University. Ostenso is best known for her critically acclaimed first novel, "Wild Geese". The book is set in rural Manitoba and is known as a landmark work in the new field of literary 'realism'. She adapted the book into a movie which was released in 1927. Ostenso published about a dozen more novels but none achieved as much notoriety as her debut work. (Canadian Encyclopedia, Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature)
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