Ever since my mom gave me a copy of Year of Wonders, years and years ago, I've been a big fan of Geraldine Brooks and was thrilled beyond words when I found out Caleb's Crossing would be the first book reviewed by the brand new BlogHer Book Club. As reviews from the community poured in, I avoided the ones that seemed like they would contain the most spoilers and waited impatiently for my opportunity to dig in.
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"Crossing," I thought. "What did Geraldine Brooks mean with her title? That's a loaded word." For the first third of the novel, though, the only thing "Caleb's" was crossing was ... me.
In Caleb's Crossing, the author establishes her protagonist, Bethia, in place and time, a 17th-century Puritan girl, living as one of the first white settlers on Martha's Vineyard, living alongside the Wampanoag tribe.
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In Caleb's Crossing, Geraldine Brooks weaves a rich tapestry out of one simple fact -- in 1665, a young man named Caleb Cheeshahteaumuck became the first Native American to graduate from Harvard. Little remains about the real life of Caleb Cheeshahteaumuck, so what Brooks presents us with is a fictional story of what might have been. Read more >
Several years ago my book club picked, Year of Wonders, by Geraldine Brooks as our monthly pick. It was a fictionalized account of something that actually occurred. Following Year of Wonders, I sought out, and devoured Ms. Brooks other books, People of the Book and March. With this background, I was excited when offered the opportunity to read and review, Caleb’s Crossing. Read more >
When I was recently picked to review Geraldine Brooks latest novel Caleb's Crossing, I was slightly less than excited. I love to read, but not usually historical fiction. Where is the fun in that? I didn't even like history in college much less pretend history. However, I was surprised each night as I stayed up reading way past my bed time. Read more >
Fictionally based in the 1660’s -- when a girl's right to an education, opinion or voice weren't of any value -- Geraldine Brooks brings us Caleb's Crossing, the beautifully crafted story told exclusively through the eyes and voice of Bethia Mayfield, the young daughter of a Puritan minister on Martha's Vineyard. Read more >
I wasn't sure what to expect with Caleb's Crossing. I'm generally not a fan of historical novels, and tend to naturally gravitate toward only a few types of books (i.e. mystery, crime, chick lit, etc.)Location
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Have you ever wished you could be a better person overall? Thinking of others’ needs before your own; finishing a task before someone else has to think about it; giving up your dreams for someone else. Throughout reading Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks, I was constantly reminded of how I selfish I can be in comparison to Bethia, the narrator of the book. She did all of the above and more. Read more >
Before beginning the book, Caleb's Crossing by <Geraldine Brooks, I really had no expectations. However, as I began reading I was very pleased. The method of storytelling was incredible and instantly grabbed my attention. The story is told through the eyes of Puritan, Bethia, who becomes friends with a Native American boy named Caleb who resides on the same island off the coast of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Read more >