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Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks
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May 15, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: all-fiction, america, four-star-fiction, historical-fiction
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BETHIA'S CROSSING would be a title more indicative of the book's contents. Caleb is mostly a peripheral character.
Feisty Puritan girl finds devious ways of gaining the knowledge she craves but is denied simply because she is a female. First I ever heard of someone getting a college education via eavesdropping.
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Liz Agree that the novel is about Bethia. Well put!

John C. Well put.

Benn Jamieson Spot on!

Susanna Lambert But Caleb is the one whose crossings are covered - physically, culturally, and ultimately.

Kristine Morris Actually, the University of Toronto did not admit female students until 1884. Prior to that they could write exams but could not attend lectures. UofT President Daniel Wilson allowed George Brown's two daughters to listen to his lectures behind a door left slightly ajar.

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