Caleb's Crossing (Paperback)

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April 2012 Indie Next List


“Caleb's Crossing reveals how early pioneers and native inhabitants of what is now Martha's Vineyard were capable of intense friendship and a sharing of spiritual beliefs despite dissimilar backgrounds. Employing the language of the time, Brooks once again proves her prowess in this story of the education of the first Native American to graduate from Harvard College. Caleb, the son of a chieftain, faces criticism from his own people as well as from white society. The narrator, Bethia Mayfield, desires the same education as Caleb but is denied due to her sex. The two become lifelong friends and their story is an emotional and evocative look at a crossing of cultures.”
— Karen Briggs, Great Northern Books and Hobbies, Oscoda, MI

May 2011 Indie Next List


“Caleb's Crossing reveals how early pioneers and native inhabitants of what is now Martha's Vineyard were capable of intense friendship and a sharing of spiritual beliefs despite dissimilar backgrounds. Employing the language of the time, Brooks once again proves her prowess in this story of the education of the first Native American to graduate from Harvard College. Caleb, the son of a chieftain, faces criticism from his own people as well as from white society. The narrator, Bethia Mayfield, desires the same education as Caleb but is denied due to her sex. The two become lifelong friends and their story is an emotional and evocative look at a crossing of cultures.”
— Karen Briggs, Great Northern Books and Hobbies, Oscoda, MI

Description


A bestselling tale of passion and belief, magic and adventure from the author of "The Secret Chord "and of "March, "winner ofthe Pulitzer Prize.

Bethia Mayfield is a restless and curious young woman growing up in Martha's vineyard in the 1660s amid a small band of pioneering English Puritans. At age twelve, she meets Caleb, the young son of a chieftain, and the two forge a secret bond that draws each into the alien world of the other. Bethia's father is a Calvinist minister who seeks to convert the native Wampanoag, and Caleb becomes a prize in the contest between old ways and new, eventually becoming the first Native American graduate of Harvard College. Inspired by a true story and narrated by the irresistible Bethia, "Caleb's Crossing" brilliantly captures the triumphs and turmoil of two brave, openhearted spirits who risk everything in a search for knowledge at a time of superstition and ignorance.

About the Author


Geraldine Brooksis the author of four novels, the Pulitzer Prize winning"March"and the international bestsellers"Caleb s Crossing," "People of the Book," and"Year of Wonders." She has also written the acclaimed nonfiction works"Nine Parts of Desire"and"Foreign Correspondence."Her most recent novel, "Caleb s Crossing," was the winner of the New England Book Award for Fiction and the"Christianity Today"Book Award, and was a finalist for the Langum Prize in American Historical Fiction. Born and raised in Australia, she lives on Martha s Vineyard with her husband, the author Tony Horwitz."
Product Details
ISBN: 9780143121077
ISBN-10: 0143121073
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: April 24th, 2012
Pages: 318
Language: English