Thorndike Press

Caleb's Crossing

  • Geraldine Brooks
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  • ISBN-10: 1594135347
  • ISBN-13: 9781594135347
  • DDC: FIC
  • Shipping Weight: 1.05 lbs ( .48 kgs)
  • 538 Pages | Paperback
  • Published/Released April 2012
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The narrator of Caleb’s Crossing is Bethia Mayfield‚ growing up in the tiny settlement of Great Harbor amid a small band of pioneers and Puritans. Restless and curious‚ she yearns after an education that is closed to her by her sex. As often as she can‚ she slips away to explore the island’s glistening beaches and observe its native Wampanoag inhabitants. At twelve‚ she encounters Caleb‚ the young son of a chieftain‚ and the two forge a tentative secret friendship that draws each into the alien world of the other. Bethia’s minister father tries to convert the Wampanoag‚ awakening the wrath of the tribe’s shaman‚ against whose magic he must test his own beliefs. One of his projects becomes the education of Caleb‚ and a year later‚ Caleb is in Cambridge‚ studying Latin and Greek among the colonial elite. There‚ Bethia finds herself reluctantly indentured as a housekeeper and can closely observe Caleb’s crossing of cultures.


Customer Reviews

“Brooks has an uncanny ability to reconstruct each moment of the history she so thoroughly researched in stunningly lyrical prose‚ and her characters are to be cherished.”— starred‚ Booklist

— Booklist

“Brooks offers a lyric and elevated narrative that effectively replicates the language of the era; she takes on the obvious issues of white arrogance‚ cultural difference‚ and the debased role of women without settling into jeremiad. The result is sweet and aching. Highly recommended.”— starred‚ Library Journal

— Library Journal

“… a splendid historical… . With Harvard expected to graduate a second Martha’s Vineyard Wampanoag Indian this year‚ almost three and a half centuries after Caleb‚ the novel’s publication is particularly timely.”— Publishers Weekly

— Publishers Weekly