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Willa Cather’s best-known novel is an epic — almost mythic — story of a single human life lived simply in the silence of the Southwestern desert. In 1851 Father Jean Marie Latour comes to serve as the Apostolic Vicar to New Mexico. What he finds is a vast territory of red hills and tortuous arroyos, American by law but Mexican and Indian in custom and belief. In the almost 40 years that follow, Latour spreads his faith in the only way he knows — gently, all the while contending with an unforgiving landscape, derelict and sometimes openly rebellious priests and his own loneliness.
Read the West Book Club meets in October, November and December; attend just one event or all three. Select books available for purchase in The Museum Store (15% discount for Museum members). Refreshments provided. $9, $6 for Museum members. Register by November 19. Click Here to register.