Get this audio book:

Learn More About
Find More Titles by
This Author: Willa Cather
This Narrator: Kirsten Potter
This Publisher: Random House Audio

Lucy Gayheart by Willa Cather

Lucy Gayheart

by Willa Cather

Title Details

Unabridged Edition
Running Time
5 Hrs. 8 Min.


"Some people's lives are affected by what happens to their person or their property, but for others fate is what happens to their feelings and their thoughts - that and nothing more."

In this haunting 1935 novel, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of My Ántonia and Death Comes for the Archbishop performs a series of crystalline variations on the themes that preoccupy her greatest fiction: the impermanence of innocence, the opposition between prairie and city, provincial American values and world culture, and the grandeur, elation, and heartache that await a gifted young woman who leaves her small Nebraska town to pursue a life in art.

At the age of 18, Lucy Gayheart heads for Chicago to study music. She is beautiful and impressionable and ardent, and these qualities attract the attention of Clement Sebastian, an aging but charismatic singer who exercises all the tragic, sinister fascination of a man who has renounced life only to turn back to seize it one last time. Out of their doomed love affair - and Lucy's fatal estrangement from her origins - Willa Cather creates a novel that is as achingly lovely as a Schubert sonata.

People Who Liked Lucy Gayheart Also Liked These Titles:
by Edith Wharton

  The House of the Seven Gables
by Nathaniel Hawthorne

  Age of Innocence (Dramatized)
by Edith Wharton