A Warning of Child Loss in Caleb's Crossing
[Editor's note: I struggle with difficult real-life themes in fiction as well. I'm always grateful when people take the time to offer a warning like The Great Fitness Experiment did with her review of Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks for the BlogHer Book Club.]
But The Baby Dies: Facing Grief in Caleb's Crossing
Warning: this book gave me a couple of sleepless nights. I love historical fiction. And I loved Geraldine Brooks' Year of Wonders so when I got her newest book Caleb's Crossing in my hands I couldn't wait to read it. True to form, I couldn't put it down. So why the melodrama about nightmares? A baby dies. I don't feel like this pronouncement even needs a spoiler alert as the baby's death is only a minor plot development but as a mom who has lost an infant -- although thankfully not in the same way as Bethia (the main character) does -- it always feels like a sucker punch when an author chooses to kill off a baby as a means to further the story.