The Settlers by Vilhelm Moberg
The Settlers focuses on Karl Oskar and Kristina Nilsson as they struggle to prosper on their new farm in Minnesota during the 1850s. Kristina, coping with a feeling of loss for Sweden and the difficulty of adopting to a new land, draws strength from a new-found spirituality. Karl Oskar brings more land under cultivation and harvests rye, wheat, and corn. Together they survive blizzards, grasshopper plagues, wildcat speculation in currency, and self-righteous neighbors. With friends they rejoice in the arrival of more Swedes, building a church, moving into their new house, even planting a small flower garden. Karl Oskar's brother, Robert, falls victim to gold fever and with his friend Arvid Petterson faces an arduous journey on the California Trail.