DEATH COMES FOR THE ARCHBISHOP by Willa Cather Set in New Mexico of the mid-1800s, Cather tells the story of two French Jesuit priests who come out to care for the Indians and Spanish residents of sparsely populated New Mexico territory. Anyone who loves that Southwest desert, the Land of Enchantment, will appreciate Cather’s lyrical descriptions of the vast stretches of untouched land filled with light and austere beauty. And Cather vividly paints of the lives of the brave and hardy people who lived there, too.
Willa Cather's best known novel is an epic--almost mythic--story of a single human life lived simply in the silence of the southwestern desert. In 1851 Father Jean Marie Latour comes to serve as the Apostolic Vicar to New Mexico. What he finds is a vast territory of red hills and tortuous arroyos, American by law but Mexican and Indian in custom and belief.