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A Daughter of the Land

Gene Stratton-Porter

Book Overview: 

Independent Kate Bates resents the fact that, as the youngest of a large family, she is expected to stay at home and help her parents while her brothers and sisters are free to pursue their desires. When she defies her family and leaves home, she finds that the path to independence is paved with hardships.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .As she had known her father for nearly nineteen years, for she had a birth anniversary coming in a few days, she felt positive that he never would voluntarily see her again, while with his constitution, he would live for years. She might as well face the fact that she was homeless; and prepare to pay her way all the year round. She wondered why she felt so forlorn and what made the dull ache in her throat.

She remembered telling Nancy Ellen before going away to Normal that she wished her father would drive her from home. Now that was accomplished. She was away from home, in a place where there was not one familiar face, object, or plan of life, but she did not wish for it at all. She devoutly wished that she were back at home even if she were preparing supper, in order that Nancy Ellen might hem towels. She wondered what they were saying: her mind was crystal clear as to what they were doing. She wondered if Nancy Ellen would send Adam, 3d, with a par. . . Read More

Community Reviews

The woman who I read aloud to has a bookshelf of all her old - and I mean OLD! - books that she saved from her childhood. I went up there this morning and pulled a few novels off the shelf, and she chose this one. SO far, the writing is decent and I'm on a history trip!

Update 3/3/09 - I am into this

The first Gene Stratton-Porter book I've read. It was moderately engaging at times, but I never got used to the way she relates the story, effectively TELLING the reader how a person thinks and what their character is like, instead of SHOWING them. Nor did I really find any of the main characters to

The "Bates Way" didn't seem terribly admirable to me and I got sick and tired of Kate thinking any halfway intelligent or sensible action was somehow directly attributed to her mean miserly father's genes. Why did Kate name her son after a father who never showed her any affection or even fairness?

Another good book by an excellent author. I didn't like everything she wrote. The author was a product of her time.
You probably won't enjoy every book she wrote but this is one of the good ones.

Was that Gene Stratton-Porter? Real, honest-to-goodness Stratton-Porter? Because it in no way read like her.

Exceptionally longwinded review to come. 2.5 stars.

A touching, moving, powerful story by Gene Stratton-Porter! This book follows Kate Bates, one of sixteen children, as she takes the wings of morning to try for independence and the life she's been denied. This book is unlike Mrs. Porter's A Girl of the Limberlost - which is a favorite of mine as wel

If you have not read GSP before, skip this for now and read Girl of the Limberlost or Keeper of the Bees first, but come back to it. You have to know her and her love of transformation and redemption to appreciate this one, I believe. Kate Bates makes some ridiculous and seemingly out of character d

This is a difficult book to review, because it was just … strange, in many ways. I’d chalk that up to its being written a hundred years ago, but I didn’t get the same strange vibe with Freckles and Girl of the Limberlost, which I'd read to my daughters, or with the The Song of the Cardinal.

Kate Bate

Another excellent book by Gene Stratton Porter. You can find my full review here.
~Kellyn Roth

Reread 5/16/2019:

Kate is conceited, but she reminds me a little of myself. I'm a lot less snobby (sorry, but I am), but we both are honest, straightforward, already blunt, and (view spoiler)[will both at some point or anot (hide spoiler)]

Kate Bates is the youngest of sixteen children, daughter of a rich but miserly and controlling father she defies his plans for her and leaves home at eighteen, looking to make her own way in life and find a man, a farm and a family.

Kate is a pretty unconventional heroine for an early 20th century ro

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