I feel the reckless abandon of one who knows she already stands among the damned. “Why not, then, another sin?”
Geraldine Brooks is, without any question, the current queen of historical fiction. I have read Year of Wonders, People of the Book, the Pulitzer Prize winning March, and Caleb’s Crossing. This quote stands out because it reflects what she does so well — balance the tragedy and optimism of her characters. She writes strong women and Bethia is no exception. Facing only disappointment, she chooses “reckless abandon.”
If you haven’t sampled Geraldine Brooks, Caleb’s Crossing is an excellent choice.
Which is your favorite?