Once again, Geraldine Brooks takes a remarkable shard of history and brings it to vivid life. In 1665, a young man from Martha's Vineyard became the first Native American to graduate from Harvard College. Upon this slender factual scaffold, Brooks has created a luminous tale of love and faith, magic and adventure.
The narrator of Caleb's Crossing is Bethia Mayfield, growing up in the tiny settlement of Great Harbor amid a small band of pioneers and Puritans. Restless and curious, she yearns after an education that is closed to her by her sex. As often as she can, she slips away to explore the island's glistening beaches and observe its native Wampanoag inhabitants. At twelve, she encounters Caleb, the young son of a chieftain, and the two forge a tentative secret friendship that draws each into the alien world of the other. Bethia's minister father tries to convert the Wampanoag, awakening the wrath of the tribe's shaman, against whose magic he must test his own beliefs. One of his projects becomes the education of Caleb, and a year later, Caleb is in Cambridge, studying Latin and Greek among the colonial elite. There, Bethia finds herself reluctantly indentured as a housekeeper and can closely observe Caleb's crossing of cultures.
Like Brooks's beloved narrator Anna in Year of Wonders, Bethia proves an emotionally irresistible guide to the wilds of Martha's Vineyard and the intimate spaces of the human heart. Evocative and utterly absorbing, Caleb's Crossing further establishes Brooks's place as one of our most acclaimed novelists.
Geraldine Brooks?was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in fiction in 2006 for her novelMarch.? Her first novel, Year of Wonders, is an international bestseller, and her novel?People of the Book?was a New York Times bestseller translated into 20 languages. She is also the author of the nonfiction works Nine Parts of Desire and Foreign Correspondence.
'Plunge into the past with Caleb,s Crossing... This novel gives eloquent voice to a little-known story, Erica Wagner, The Times, Books of the Year 'Caleb,s Crossing could not be more enlightening and involving. Beautifully written from beginning to end, it confirms Geraldine Brooks,s reputation as one of our most supple and insightful novelists, New York Times 'Fascinating ... Brooks has dressed the bare facts in moving and imaginative storytelling, Kate Saunders, The Times 'A tantalising portrait of a brief moment when two cultures might have come together in harmony, Paul Dunn, The Times 'This sombre, thoughtful historical novel has been imaginatively woven from a scrap of historical fact...drawn with a quiet, impressive intensity, Metro
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