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Their Father's God by O. E. Rolvaag
Book DescriptionSusie Doheny, an Irish Catholic, and Peder Holm, a Norwegian Lutheran, fall in love and marry in South Dakota in the 1890s. Soon their marriage is tested by drought, depression, and family bickering. Susie believes they are being tested by their fathers' God. Peder blames Susie for the timidity of her beliefs; Susie fears Peder's pride and skepticism. When political antagonism grows between the Norwegian and Irish immigrant communities, it threatens to split their marriage. Against a backdrop of hard times, crisscrossed by Populists, antimonopolists, and schemers, Rolvaag brings the struggle of immigrants into the twentieth century. In Giants in the Earth the Holm family strained to wrest a homestead from the land. In Peder Victorious the American-born children searched for a new national identity, often defying the traditions their parents fought to uphold. In Their Fathers' God, Rolvaag's most soul-searching novel, the first-generation americans enter a world of ruthless competition in the midst of scarcity. The University of Nebraska Press also publishes Peder Victorious and Paul Reigstad's Rolvaag: His Life and Art.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780803289116
(203mm x 133mm x 19mm)
Imprint: University of Nebraska Press
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Publish Date: 1-Jan-1983
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author O. E. Rolvaag
Peder Victorious, Paperback (March 1982)» View all books by O. E. Rolvaag
A sequel to "Giants in the Earth", this work tells the tale of Norwegian settlers in the Dakotas. Beret and their children, Syvert Tonseten and Kjersti, and Sorine struggle to adapt, and to become Americans. This is a novel of youth and youth's self-discovery. It is a story of Beret's pain and dismay at the Americanization of her children.
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