July's selection is another work of fiction by Pulitzer Prize winner Brooks that is based on an historical fact . Caleb Cheeshahteaumuck, a Wampanoag Indian (say that quickly once), was the first Native American to graduate from Harvard. In Brooks's book, he meets Bethia Mayfield, and they journey together beyond their traditional lives.
"Brooks offers a lyric and elevated narrative that effectively replicates the language of the era; she takes on the obvious issues of white arrogance, cultural difference, and the debased role of women without settling into jeremiad. The result is sweet and aching." - Library Journal