Recently I had the pleasure of reading the book, In the Sun’s House by Kurt Caswell. This outstanding book is the personal account of Caswell’s year teaching elementary school in a small town on the Navajo reservation. A writer and an assistant professor of creative writing and literature in the Honors College at Texas Tech University, Caswell has written a profoundly moving and compelling work that takes you into a world that few outside the reservation have encountered.
In the Sun’s House is a book that is frank and heartfelt. It is filled with descriptions of his inadvertent cultural faux pas and the misunderstandings that come from an outsider’s immersion in an unexpectedly different culture. Through his eyes we see the setbacks and triumphs, and have an unsparing look at the consequences of severe poverty that calls into question the American mythos. Along the way, it reveals the growth of a talented young writer and teacher who has a personal journey much worth reading. It is highly recommended.