This is the story Father Jean Marie Latour's mission to New Mexico in the 1850s. For nearly forty years, Latour spreads his faith in the only way he knows-gently, although he must contend with an unforgiving landscape, derelict and sometimes openly rebellious priests, and his own loneliness. Out of these events Willa Cather gives us an indelible vision of life unfolding in a place where time itself seems suspended. Recommended for grade 10. 1990, Vintage Classics. 298 pp.
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