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Construction engineer and world-renowned bridge builder Bartley Alexander has everything in mid-life: wealth, good looks, and fame. Yet he finds himself restless and discontented with life — until he meets a former love from his student days and resumes his relationship with her.
Living a double life, Alexander is torn between Winifred, his American wife — a cold woman with clearly defined standards — and Hilda Burgoyne, his alluring mistress in London who helps him recapture his youth and sense of freedom. Alexander's affair, which eventually gnaws away at his sense of propriety and honor, proves disastrous.
Willa Cather's first novel — a fascinating study of a man's growing awareness of the breach in his integrity—is essential reading for fans of this great American novelist.
" ... exceptionally well-conceived and well written." — Outlook
" ... told with a good deal of charm and skill." — New York Times Book Review
" ... a story of brilliant and unusual power." — McClure's

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Bartley Alexander, an engineer famous for the audacious structure of his North American bridges, is at the height of his reputation. He has a distinguished and beautiful wife and an enviable Boston home. Then, on a trip to London, he has a chance encounter with an Irish actress he once loved. When their affair re–ignites, Alexander finds himself caught in a tug of emotions — between his feelings for wife, who has supported his career with understanding and strength, and Hilda, whose impulsiveness and generosity restore to him the passion and energy of his youth. Coinciding with this personal dilemma are ominous signs of strain in his professional life. In this, her first novel, originally published in 1912, Willa Cather skillfully explores the struggle between opposing sides of the self, a facility that was to become a hallmark of her craft.

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Pulitzer Prize-winning author Willa Cather (1873–1947) spent her formative years in Nebraska, which was at that time frontier territory. Her exposure to the region's dramatic environment and intrinsic hardships — along with its diverse population of European-Americans, Native Americans, and immigrants — shaped and informed much of her fiction.

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