JCB Fellow's Talk: Cam Terwilliger
Cam Terwilliger (Drew University), Hodson Trust-John Carter Brown Library Fellow
"Yet Wilderness Grew in My Heart: A Novel of New York, New France, and Iroquoia During the Seven Years War”
Fiction writer Cam Terwilliger will discuss researching and writing his historical novel-in-progress, Yet Wilderness Grew in My Heart, a book set in New York, Québec, and Iroquoia during the Seven Years War (1756–1763). The plot centers on Andrew Whitlaw, a Manhattan physician who—after an ongoing struggle with syphilis—must relocate to his older brother’s estate in the Hudson Valley to recover. From this starting point, the story follows the narrator as he grows embroiled in his brother’s obsessive pursuit of a counterfeiter—a fugitive slave operating on nearby Mohawk Native American land, a man costing their family trading business dearly with his false bills. Yet Wilderness Grew in My Heart dramatizes issues of race, disease, medicine, cultural hybridity, religion, capitalism, landscape, and the psychology of power. During his presentation, Cam will share from the novel and discuss specific sources from the JCB he plans to utilize.
The reading room will close to researchers at 3:30 pm.