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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize
"A masterpiece. . . . It has the completeness, [the] finality, that grips and exalts and convinces." — Literary Review
A brilliant literary masterwork from celebrated author and Algonquin Round Table mainstay Edna Ferber—who also penned other classics including Show Boat, Giant, Ice Palace, Saratoga Trunk, and Cimarron—So Big is a rollicking panorama of Chicago at the turn of the 20th Century. It is the unforgettaable story of Selina Peake DeJong, a gambler's daughter, and her struggles to stay afloat and maintain her dignity and her sanity in the face of marriage, widowhood, and single parenthood. Hailed as a "novel to read and to remember" (New York Times), So Big still resonates with its unflinching view of poverty, sexism, and the drive for success.
So Big is a must-read for fans of contemporary novelists such Willa Cather (O Pioneers!), Pearl S. Buck (The Good Earth), and Marjorie Rawlings (The Yearling).
About the Author
Born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Edna Ferber (1885-1968) was a novelist, short-story writer, and playwright whose work served as the inspiration for numerous Broadway plays and Hollywood films, including Show Boat, Cimarron, Giant, Saratoga Trunk, and Ice Palace. She co-wrote the plays The Royal Family, Dinner at Eight, and Stage Door with George S. Kaufman and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for her novel So Big.
“A masterpiece. . . . It has the completeness, [the] finality, that grips and exalts and convinces.”
— Literary Review
“A thoughtful book, clean and strong, dramatic at times, interesting always, clear-sighted, sympathetic, a novel to read and remember.”
— New York Times
“Recommended reading for our times.”
— Washington Post
“Edna Ferber could spin a tale.”
— Milwaukee Journal Sentinel