I have just finished this book I absolutely could not wait to pick it up again each time I set it down. This is a novel which takes place during the Civil War. Brooks was a NYT foreign correspondent in several countries. Her language and metaphors are definitive and refreshing. I plan to order another by her called "Caleb's Crossing.
April 2: I just finished Caleb's Crossing. It includes the history of Martha's Vineyard and Harvard in the 1600s as she weaves her wonderful imaginative story around facts and real people.
I loved her last paragraph where she ruminated "if I had made a different choice back then, how many other lives would have changed and including mine. Interesting to think about. All for now.