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Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks
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May 23, 2011

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A master writer of historical fiction, Geraldine Brooks creates an authentic adventure of seventeenth century colonial America with the story of Caleb Cheeshah, the first Native American to graduate from Harvard. Her words flow to artistically capture the lushness of Martha’s Vineyard, the grim of Cambridge, the harshness of the Puritan spirit and the fragile relations between the Wampanoag and the English settlers. The characterization of Bethia Mayfield as an independent woman in a woman suffocating society is brilliant. What makes the writing of Brooks so special is her reporter’s eye, relentless research and skillful crafting of characterization and prose.
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