Grit, Determination, and Love
"THE LONG WINTER" by Laura Ingalls Wilder is, in my opinion, one of the great classics of American literature. Yes, it was originally intended as a children's book. Yes, television shows, films, and plays have distilled the artistry of Wilder's work over the years, but THE LONG WINTER presents a harrowing, numbing account of what life was like for settlers in the upper midwest of the 1880s. The drama of the novel is taut and suspenseful, the characters finely drawn, and the text will make you feel both cold and hungry. Its portrayal of a particular time and a particular place is unparalleled.