Here's to another great writer! Willa Cather. Oh to write like the greats. The descriptions of setting and people in this book amazed me. Talent. That's what it is. Talent and a lot of hard work. It the mastery of the English language. It's a painting with words. So if you want to learn to write, read Willa Cather. It should be a requirement for writing majors. Read and study Willa Cather.
Read it, not for the plot so much as for the use of the written word. That's all I'm going to say about this book.