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Caleb's crossing

Author: Geraldine Brooks
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2011.
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In this novel, the author takes a remarkable shard of history and brings it to vivid life. In 1665, a young man from Martha's Vineyard became the first Native American to graduate from Harvard College. Upon this slender factual scaffold, she has created a tale of love and faith, magic and adventure. The narrator of the story is Bethia Mayfield, growing up in the tiny settlement of Great Harbor amid a small band of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographical fiction
Historical fiction
Fiction
Named Person: Caleb Cheeshahteaumuck; Caleb Cheeshahteaumuck
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Geraldine Brooks
ISBN: 9780670021048 0670021040 9781617933776 1617933775
OCLC Number: 679930983
Description: ix, 306 pages : map ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Geraldine Brooks.
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In this novel, the author takes a remarkable shard of history and brings it to vivid life. In 1665, a young man from Martha's Vineyard became the first Native American to graduate from Harvard College. Upon this slender factual scaffold, she has created a tale of love and faith, magic and adventure. The narrator of the story 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. Bethia proves an emotionally irresistible guide to the wilds of Martha's Vineyard and the intimate spaces of the human heart.

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Outstanding Niche in Historical Fiction

by hollysing (WorldCat user published 2011-07-23) Excellent Permalink

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The best historical fiction takes historical fact and pulls us in by creating interest in characters of the time period. ...
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