Note to self: Caleb's Crossing is not a place. Not like Shanklin’s Ferry, down below Bozoo in Monroe County West Virginia, where folks used to cross the river to reach Mercer County. No, Caleb’s Crossing is something else entirely. (Don't bother asking me why they wanted to cross the river down there, Mercer Mall and Outback weren't even built yet.) Read more >
Caleb's Crossing is told from the perspective of Bethia, a teenage Puritan who by chance meets Caleb, a Native American of her same age in the mid 1600’s. She is the daughter of a Christian minister, he the nephew of a tribal chief.
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I call myself an author reader. I struggle to find an author that I really enjoy and when I do, I rapidly devour whatever else I can find written by that same pen. Before this month I had never read anything by Geraldine Brooks before. It didn't take me long to learn that I was a minority in my circle. Read more >
I was thrilled when BlogHer announced that the first book the book club would review would be Geraldine Brooks' Caleb's Crossing. I have read everything Ms. Brooks has written (her fiction, anyway), and have loved most of it. Strangely, her Pulitzer Prize-winning "March" was the one book I didn't much care for. The critics and I tend to have different tastes. Read more >
I have a confession to make: I decided to read Caleb's Crossing because I had just finished reading Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series, and my mind was full of middle-aged housewife fantasies about the Native American werewolf, Jacob Black. Another tale of romance between a hot, shirtless Native American and his white, book-loving, doesn't-feel-like-she-belongs-in-her world childhood best friend? Bring it on! Read more >
In her newest novel of historical fiction, Caleb's Crossing, Geraldine Brooks plucks a thin strand of history and weaves it into a rich tapestry of early colonial life amid a small band of Puritans, pioneers and Native Americans on the island that would come to be known as Martha’s Vineyard. In 1665, Harvard College did indeed graduate its first Native American from Martha’s Vineyard, Caleb Cheeshahteaumuck. Read more >
I was a bit intimated when I saw the words “winner of the Pulitzer Prize” at the top Geraldine Brooks' book Caleb's Crossing. Typically I shy away from authors that I feel might intimidate me, but in this case I am thrilled that I took a chance and read this novel.
Ms. Brooks’ ability to paint incredible pictures with her words made this book one I couldn’t put down. Read more >
With Caleb's Crossing, Geraldine Brooks reminded me how wonderfully painful a good book can be; this is the kind of story that reaches out and pulls you in, swallows you whole, the kind that allows you to walk along inside of it with the characters, only climbing out reluctantly when life (real life) requires it, but returning as soon as possible. Read more >
If you love historical novels, you'll likely devour Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks. It’s like a bag of Lay’s potato chips -- you can’t read just one page without reading the whole thing. Read more >
As soon as I ripped my book from its package I was intrigued. Not having previously read anything by Geraldine Brooks, I was excited to read the story. Whenever I read a book I always read the back cover to get a sense of the adventure I am about to journey through. The back of Caleb's Crossing had me instantly. Read more >