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Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks
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Aug 04, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction, historical-fiction, book-club
Read from December 08 to 15, 2011

Like Year of Wonders, Caleb's Crossing is based on a few brief historic details and creates a powerful female character to weave an engaging story. We learn that in 1665 a native Wampanoag man, Caleb, graduates from Harvard - true story. In this novel, we meet Caleb and the island's minister's daughter, Bethia, in their earlier years as they are friends. They are drawn together by a strong curiosity about the natural world and learning. As they grow older, religion and family place pressures to keep their friendship a secret.
Bethia's formal education goes nowhere. Her frustration and resignation about this is extremely touching and powerful. The language is historic and unique but also accessible. In addition to the strong characters, there is a strong sense of place. I would recommend this to any historical fiction reader, or any general literary fiction readers.

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