|Title:||O River, Remember!|
|Publisher:||Dodd, Mead & Company|
|Tags:||fiction, Family Saga|
The locale is a familiar one—Minnesota—and the main focus of a three generation story is on the pioneer days, when it was still uncertain where the railroad would come through, where settlements would grow up. It is a story of two families,—the Vinges (who became the Wings), and the Shaleens, who had a great deal more fun in life, but got nowhere. It is a story of recurrent romance, recurrently blighted. It is a story of one woman, Magdali, able, ambitious, ruthless in getting her own way—and of the lives she wrecked. It is a story of her gentle husband, Ivar, of her children and her children’s children. The feel of the country is there—and the feel, too, of the driving force of growth.—Kirkus Reviews. [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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