Friday, July 13, 2012

Book Club: Death Comes for the Archbishop

My book club recently read "Death Comes for the Archbishop" by Willa Cather. It was great! I've read a few of her books but wasn't familiar with this one. The book club is a continuing of a Eudora Welty class I took a few years ago and I have really enjoyed it!

The group is lead by Suzanne Marrs - the official Eudora Welty biographer - and our books usually center around someone Eudora knew or whose writing she admired. In this case, Willa Cather was writing about the West similar to Eudora's writing about the South.

The book follows a priest in his journey to central New Mexico (about 300 years before the missions in San Antonio. Cather came from a Baptist family but she became a little obsessed with the Catholic Church while researching her books. This book can be looked at from the Stations of the Cross - it follows them pretty closely. Cather ended up becoming an Episcopal.

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