She had never known before how much the country meant to her. The chirping of the insects in the long grass had been like the sweetest music. She had felt as if her heart were hiding down there, somewhere, with the quail and the plover and all the little wild things that crooned or buzzed in the sun. Under the long shaggy ridges, she felt the future stirring.
Willa Cather (1873–1947), U.S. novelist. O Pioneers! Part 1 (1913).
In this novel; Alexandra Bergson, the young daughter of Swedish immigrant farmers in Nebraska and inheritor of her recently-deceased father's dreams and expectations, will manage the family's land to a remarkable prosperity.