Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks is a historical novel set in what is now Martha’s Vineyard in the late 1600s. Bethia Mayfield is the daughter of a Puritan minister that is trying to covert the Wampanoag Indians to be Christians, which results in discord between the island’s inhabitants. Bethia is a very smart girl who longs to be educated like her brother. Read more >
I didn’t think I read a lot of historical fiction, but when I checked Goodreads (which I use religiously), I realized I’d read 52 historical fiction books in the last four years. So, when I say that Geraldine Brooks’ new book, Caleb's Crossing, is one of the finest historical novels I’ve read in some time, I feel like I have some leg to stand on with that claim. Read more >
When my daughter brought in the small package from the UPS truck containing a new book to read, I had no idea that I was about to indulge in a great written story that stirs your mind, fuels anger within and brings tears to your eyes. The book, Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks, is one of the best books I have read in a very long time. Read more >
When I picked up Geraldine Brooks' forthcoming novel, Caleb’s Crossing, to be honest I wasn’t fussed about the title. I stupidly assumed—based on the cover art, gasp!—that “Caleb’s Crossing” was a geographic location. Mini-spoiler alert: I was wrong.
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Caleb's Crossing tells a fictionalized version of the life of the first Native American to attend and graduate from Harvard, in the late 1600s. The story is told through the eyes and voice of Bethia Mayfield, daughter of a missionary on what is to become Martha's Vineyard and creates a story out of the few sparse details known about Caleb Cheeshahteaumuck. Read more >
Geraldine Brooks has been on that long list of authors I thought I might get around to reading someday. But despite being a voracious reader of novels in my early and middle years, I’ve been moving away from fiction and had started to worry that I was losing my taste for novels. I probably would never have read Caleb’s Crossing if hadn’t been for the offer of a free copy. Read more >
I wish Caleb's Crossing had started on page 21. Here's why: As someone not accustomed to the language of the 1600s and not enamored with the treatment of women at that time, I don't think I would've stayed with Caleb's Crossing until it hit its stride -- for me on page 21 -- had I not committed to reading it for this book club.
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