Caleb's Crossing

Caleb's Crossing

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A bestselling tale of passion and belief, magic and adventure from the Pulitzer Prize winning author of "March"and "The Secret Chord," coming from Viking in October 2015 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."

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Product details

  • Paperback | 318 pages
  • 127 x 193.04 x 25.4mm | 258.55g
  • Penguin Books
  • United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • maps
  • 0143121073
  • 9780143121077
  • 71,143

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Praise for Caleb's Crossing Caleb s Crossing could not be more enlightening and involving. Beautifully written from beginning to end, it reconfirms Geraldine Brooks s reputation as one of our most supple and involving novelists. Jane Smiley, "The New York Times Book Review" Brooks filters the early colonial era through the eyes of a minister s daughter growing up on the island known today as Martha s Vineyard [Bethia s] voice rendered by Brooks with exacting attention to the language and rhythm of the seventeenth century is captivatingly true to her time. "The New Yorker" A dazzling act of the imagination. . .Brooks takes the few known facts about the real Caleb, and builds them into a beautifully realized and thoroughly readable tale this is intimate historical fiction, observing even the most acute sufferings and smallest heroic gestures in the context of major events. Matthew Gilbert, "The Boston Globe" In Bethia, Geraldine Brooks has created a multidimensional, inspiring yet unpredictable character Bethia s forbearance, her quiet insistence, the way she creates her life using the best of whatever is handed to her, puts the struggles of American women today in perspective. Susan Salter Reynolds, "The Los Angeles Times " Original and compelling. . .[Brooks characters] struggle every waking moment with spiritual questions that are as real and unending as the punishing New England winters. Paul Chaat Smith, "The Washington Post" "

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About Geraldine Brooks

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."

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