“In this novel of stunning beauty, […a]n incredible debut—and a writer to watch.”
Paula McLain, author of The Paris Wife
“I read it at a gallop, and didn’t want it to end.”
Madeline Miller, author of The Song of Achilles
“Here is a fine novel, written with grace… a frontier saga, a love story, and an epic of many small pleasures.”
Joshua Ferris, author of And Then We Came to the End
“Anna Keesey’s debut novel is historical fiction at its finest—precise and particular in detail, character, and setting, yet vast and epic in scope and theme. Little Century is a remarkable achievement.”
Larry Watson, author of Montana, 1948
“[…]A confidently energetic tale of an 18-year-old orphan who leaves Chicago to eke out a new life for herself in Century, Ore., at the turn of the 20th century.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“With its beautiful language, memorable characters, and compelling story, Little Century is sure to gain a wide and appreciative audience.”
Ron Rash, author of Serena
“Dwindling resources, bribery, and corruption–issues as current as this morning’s newspaper–mix with optimism in Little Century, Anna Keesey’s briskly romantic, nontraditional western, set in central Oregon circa 1900.”
Liza Nelson, O Magazine
“Keesey writes lyrically and examines the ferocity of frontier life with an unromantic and penetrating gaze.”
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Little Century‘s heroine, Esther Chambers, is the kind found in the best of classic literature: an innocent[…]whose essential goodness and loyalty shines through the savagery around her.”
Kathleen Kent, author of The Heretic’s Daughter
“[Keesey’s] uncanny historical imagination […] takes the breath away.”
I love the dynamic, romantic, trickster attitude of the title of this festival It’s held annually at Chadron State College in Chadron, Nebraska: not that southern-Willa Cather-Nebraska that’s practically Kansas but the Dawes County sand-hills-and-badlands Nebraska that’s practically Wyoming. As the 2015 Writer-in-Residence, I’ll give the keynote talk and work with writers in a workshop setting, June 12-14. Here’s a link to more information. Reminders to follow as June approaches!
I’ll be teaching a writing workshop on creating lively historical fiction, and giving a public reading in Mazanita, Oregon on March 21, 2015, as part of the lovely Manzanita Writers Series. The workshop time is not yet set, but will be a couple of hours long in the middle of the day. The reading is at 7 pm. Here’s a link to information on how to register for the workshop or attend the reading. Take a Saturday on the Oregon Coast and drop in!
In which I leave the valley of clay and vineyards and scale the hill to the Manor House on the Lewis and Clark College campus: 5:30 pm on Wednesday, March 4. Click here for a campus map. and information about parking and transportation.
Anna Keesey is a graduate of Stanford University and the Iowa Writer’s Workshop. Her work has appeared in a number of journals and anthologies, including Best American Short Stories. She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship and has held residencies at MacDowell, Bread Loaf, Yaddo, and Provincetown. Keesey teaches English and creative writing at Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon.