Caleb's Crossing

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Caleb's Crossing

By Geraldine Brooks

Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780143121077, 318pp.

Publication Date: April 24, 2012

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 winningMarchand the international bestsellersCaleb s Crossing, People of the Book, andYear of Wonders. She has also written the acclaimed nonfiction worksNine Parts of DesireandForeign Correspondence.Her most recent novel, Caleb s Crossing, was the winner of the New England Book Award for Fiction and theChristianity TodayBook 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."