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ISBN13: 9780143121077
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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.

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A New York Times bestselling tale of passion and belief, magic and adventure from the Pulitzer Prize–winning author.

Bethia Mayfield is a restless and curious young woman growing up in Martha's vineyard in the 1660s amid a small band of pioneering English Puritans. At age twelve, she meets Caleb, the young son of a chieftain, and the two forge a secret bond that draws each into the alien world of the other. Bethia's father is a Calvinist minister who seeks to convert the native Wampanoag, and Caleb becomes a prize in the contest between old ways and new, eventually becoming the first Native American graduate of Harvard College. Inspired by a true story and narrated by the irresistible Bethia, Caleb’s Crossing brilliantly captures the triumphs and turmoil of two brave, openhearted spirits who risk everything in a search for knowledge at a time of superstition and ignorance.

About the Author

Geraldine Brooks is the author of Year of Wonders and the nonfiction works Nine Parts of Desire and Foreign Correspondence. Previously, Brooks was a correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, stationed in Bosnia, Somalia, and the Middle East.

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Boogs, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by Boogs)
Another excellent book by Geraldine Brooks. She wraps history in the emotionality of people's lives; bringing to life a sense of life conflicts and social change.
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pdxbookworm, August 10, 2012 (view all comments by pdxbookworm)
Caleb’s Crossing is the latest effort by Geraldine Brooks, a world-class historical fiction novelist. The novel is set in 17th century Martha’s Vineyard. Through the story of Caleb, a Wampanoag boy, and Bethia, the daughter of the settlement’s proselytizing Puritan minister, the tragedy of America’s colonial beginning is heartbreakingly rendered.

Caleb and Bethia befriend each other as children on the island. Their relationship changes each profoundly and irrevocably. The character of Caleb is based on the real-life Caleb Cheeshahteaumauck, who, in 1665, became the first Native American to graduate from Harvard College.

While the title indicates that the main story arc traces Caleb’s fateful journey from native child to Anglicized, Harvard-educated adult, unexpectedly, I found Bethia’s story to be equally compelling. A woman of powerful intellect, ambition and conviction, she lives during a time in history when none of these attributes are considered acceptable for the female of the species. Bethia’s struggle to become the woman she wants to be and to live her life according to her wishes - essentially to achieve personhood -- tells of loss, fortitude and faith.

Some of the best parts of the book describe the island’s virgin wilderness. Brooks’ elegiac descriptions crystallize vivid images in the reader’s mind of empty wind-swept beaches, sparkling Atlantic waters, rich marshes and lushly abundant forests. Two children walk there; one brown, one white, their destinies entwined with a nation’s.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780143121077
Author:
Brooks, Geraldine
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Historical
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Publication Date:
20120431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by , A New York Times bestselling tale of passion and belief, magic and adventure from the Pulitzer Prize–winning author.

Bethia Mayfield is a restless and curious young woman growing up in Martha's vineyard in the 1660s amid a small band of pioneering English Puritans. At age twelve, she meets Caleb, the young son of a chieftain, and the two forge a secret bond that draws each into the alien world of the other. Bethia's father is a Calvinist minister who seeks to convert the native Wampanoag, and Caleb becomes a prize in the contest between old ways and new, eventually becoming the first Native American graduate of Harvard College. Inspired by a true story and narrated by the irresistible Bethia, Caleb’s Crossing brilliantly captures the triumphs and turmoil of two brave, openhearted spirits who risk everything in a search for knowledge at a time of superstition and ignorance.

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