By Geraldine Brooks
(Fourth Estate (GB), Hardcover, 9780007333530)
Publication Date: April 2011
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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Summer 2012 Reading Group
“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
Selected by Indie Booksellers for the May 2011 Indie Next List
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- In discussing the purchase of the island from the Wampanoag, Bethia's father says, "some now say that [the sonquem] did not fully understand that we meant to keep the land from them forever. Be that as it may, what's done is done and it was done lawfully" (p. 9). Do you agree with his opinion?