Caleb's Crossing: A Novel

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Penguin, May 3, 2011 - Fiction - 352 pages
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A bestselling tale of passion and belief, magic and adventure from the author of The Secret Chord and of March, winner of the Pulitzer Prize.

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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User Review  - Rachel Shuman - Goodreads

Beautifully detailed, as all of Brooks' novels are, and a compelling tale of friendship and cultural exploration. I have no doubt the author did exhaustive research from primary sources, but at times ... Read full review

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User Review  - Judy Brown - Goodreads

The history in this book was presented so well with the character driven writing. Even though I knew how it turned out I still avidly read this book because I fell in love with the people. I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in history presented in the form of a novel. Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Geraldine Brooks is the author of five novels: the Pulitzer Prize-winning March; the international bestsellers Caleb's CrossingPeople of the Book, and Year of Wonders; and, most recently, The Secret Chord. She has also written the acclaimed nonfiction works Nine Parts of Desire and Foreign Correspondence. Born and raised in Australia, she lives on Martha's Vinyard with her husband, the author Tony Horwitz, and their two sons.

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