The Fields tells the story of Sayward as a wife and mother, working with her own brood on that hard frontier to create a durable home, and aspects of civilization in a region where life is still difficult and towns are just beginning to appear. It is a rich and human novel about personal conflicts and strife in the midst of a land that itself is striving. And it has an epic quality that perfectly reflects the sweeping conquest of the frontier.
This is the second part of Richter’s trilogy of frontier life in Ohio, The Awakening Land. When volume three, The Town, was published, Richter was awarded a Pulitzer Prize.
Ohio University Press, 1991 (1946)