by Geraldine Brooks
Editor: HarperCollins Publishers
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Pulitzer’s new novel Prize-winner Geraldine Brooks, author of the Richard and Judy best-seller’March’,’Sunday Times best-seller’Year of Wonders’ and’People of the Book’.Martha’s Vineyard, 1650s: Bethia Mayfield is a young girl growing up in the small hamlet of Grand Port, among a small group of pioneers and the Puritans.Restless, lively and curious, but denied the education that her brothers receive, she flees as often as she can explore the island’s wild landscapes and observe her native Wampanoag inhabitantsAt the age of twelve, she meets Caleb, the young son of a clan leader, and the children constitute a secret of friendship that gradually attracts each into the other’s foreign world.Meanwhile, Bethia senior minister is trying to convert the Wampanoag, awakening the wrath of the tribe of the shaman whose magic, one must test his own beliefsAnd when he takes it upon himself to educate Caleb, he will divide the communities – in a year the boy is learning Latin and Greek, and leaves the island to study at HarvardAs Caleb makes the crossing to the white culture, Bethia finds herself pulled in the opposite directionTrapped by the narrow stenosis of her faith and sex, she seeks connections with Caleb of the world who will question her beliefs and put her in contradiction with her community.
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