This story is as much Bethia’s as it is Caleb’s. It is the story of her life, on and off the island, from childhood to old age, and how she also triumphs over the obstacles placed in her way just as Caleb does in his. It is a hard story of an equally hard environment. Both Bethia and Caleb have a desire to learn. Being female, she must learn in secret, soaking up whatever knowledge she can while Caleb says "… since it seems that knowledge is no respecter of boundaries, I will take it wheresoever I can...if necessary, I will go into the dark to get it."
Coming up in September: Pillars of the Earth and/or World without end by Ken Follett.