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Lucy Gayheart

One of Cather’s later novel — a short one. If you are a Cather fan I would describe this as a mix between “Song of the Lark” and “A Lost Lady.” Lucy is a girl full of spirit who goes to Chicago to study piano, and falls head over heels in love with a world-traveling opera star.

The book is a meditation on our relationship to those who are gone — whether it is a family member who moves away, a loved one who dies, or a neighbor who disappears — what is it like for the person left behind? How do we live with memories?

Anyway, it’s not the best Cather book ever, but she’s a first-rate writer, and it’s always a pleasure to read her language and her descriptions of music, landscape, interior life.

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