A New Home, Who'll Follow? (American Women Writers Series)

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Set in the frontier of Michigan int he 1830s, A New Home is the first realistic portrayal of western village life in the United States. Based on Caroline Kirkland's own experiences - and written from a woman's perspective - it narrates with a keen eye and wit the absorbing story of the establishment of the village of Montacute, Michigan.

A New Home is a vivid contribution to a new kind of narrative developed during the antebellum period, ethnographic fiction. Kirkland highlights the importance and the drama of local practices and everyday life in Montacute. She traces the way two groups of settlers slowly adjust to each other - the old hands and the newcomers from the East;. Dramatizing differences of class and culture, she also shows how the groups finally form a genuine community and a new, diverse culture. Kirkland also gives ethnographic fiction an original twist: she satirizes the provincialism and the rigidity of both groups of settlers.

After writing A New Home, Kirkland became a professional literary woman, working as an editor as well as a writer. In her introduction, Sandra Zagarell explores the implications of Kirkland's writing and professional career for our understanding of women, writing, and the world of literature in antebellum America.

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Sandra A. Zagarell is Professor of English at Oberlin College and the author of Modelling the Nation through Narratives of Community.

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A New Home Who'll Follow, or Glimpses of Western Life broke ground in early nineteenth-century American writing for its forthright realism and keenly satiric narrative style. Using her own experience of moving to an unsettled village in Michigan in the 1830s, Caroline Kirkland not only describes the life and times of individuals immersed in the growth and establishment of a community, but she also subtly imbues her text with a sophisticated cultural criticism. As a displaced Easterner and a newly identified Westerner, writing under the name "Mary Clavers," she describes mud holes, drunken husbands, local politics, and Victorian American values in her witty and often sharply ironic voice: "I should be disposed to recommend a course of Michigan to the Sybarites, the puny exquisites, the world-worn and sated Epicureans of our cities. If I mistake not, they would make surprising advances in philosophy in the course of a few months' training." The idea for her regional description of village life was sparked when her friends responded enthusiastically to the letters she was posting from Pickney, Michigan, renamed in the book Montacute. When the book was published, however, she found that her satirizations of her neighbors' clothing, habits, romantic illusions, and gender conventions got her in so much trouble with her small community that she vowed she would never be so honest in her writing again. -- For great reviews of books for girls, check out Let's Hear It for the Girls: 375 Great Books for Readers 2-14. -- From 500 Great Books by Women; review by Leslie Thompson-Scott

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