Willa Cather is awesome! This is the first of her prairie trilogy. I'd previously read the third one, My Antonia
. This is the story of a young woman, Alexandra, who takes over management of her father's farm in western Nebraska, in preference to her two older brothers. She makes a success of it, but is a bit less successful in her personal life, such as it is.
This could be considered a feminist book, in that there is a strong, independent, successful female character. She's also very engaging.
I suppose one reason I liked O Pioneers!
and My Antonia
so much is that it is basically the story of my great grandparents. They homesteaded in South Dakota, then after a couple hideous winters headed south where they settled in Kansas.