- My Ántonia (1918) is considered one of the greatest novels by American writer Willa Cather. It is the final book of her "prairie trilogy" of novels, the companion volumes being O Pioneers! and The Song of the Lark. The book's narrator, Jim Burden, arrives in the town of Black Hawk, Nebraska, on the same train as the Shimerdas, when he goes to live with his grandparents after his parents have died. Jim develops strong feelings for Ántonia, something between a crush and a filial bond, and the reader views Ántonia's life, including its attendant struggles and triumphs, through that lens. The novel is divided into five books, some of which incorporate short stories Cather had previously written, based on her own life growing up on the Nebraska prairies. The volumes correspond roughly to the stages of Ántonia's life up through her marriage and motherhood, although the third volume, "Lena Lingard," focuses more on Jim's time in college and his affair with Lena, another childhood friend of his, who is also Ántonia's friend. The five books, in order, are: The Shimerdas - It covers Jim's early years spent on his grandparents' farm, out on the prairie, The Hired Girls - It covers Jim's time in town, when he spends time with Ántonia and the other country girls who work in town, Lena Lingard - this chronicles Jim's time at the university, and the period in which he becomes reacquainted with Lena Lingard, The Pioneer Woman's Story - Jim visits the Harlings and hears about Ántonia's fateful romance with Larry Donovan, and Cuzak's Boys - Jim goes to visit Ántonia and meets her new family, her children and husband.