Summary: Once again, Geraldine Brooks takes a remarkable shard of history and brings it to vivid life. In 1665, a young man from Martha's Vineyard became the first Native American to graduate from Harvard College. Upon this slender factual scaffold, Brooks has created a luminous tale of love and faith, magic and adventure.
The narrator of Caleb's Crossing is Bethia Mayfield, growing up in the tiny settlement of Great Harbor amid a small band of pioneers and Puritans. Restless and curious, she yearns after an education that is closed to her by her sex. As often as she can, she slips away to explore the island's glistening beaches and observe its native Wampanoag inhabitants. At twelve, she encounters Caleb, the young son of a chieftain, and the two forge a tentative secret friendship that draws each into the alien world of the other. Bethia's minister father tries to convert the Wampanoag, awakening the wrath of the tribe's shaman, against whose magic he must test his own beliefs. One of his projects becomes the education of Caleb, and a year later, Caleb is in Cambridge, studying Latin and Greek among the colonial elite. There, Bethia finds herself reluctantly indentured as a housekeeper and can closely observe Caleb's crossing of cultures.
Like Brooks's beloved narrator Anna in Year of Wonders, Bethia proves an emotionally irresistible guide to the wilds of Martha's Vineyard and the intimate spaces of the human heart. Evocative and utterly absorbing, Caleb's Crossing further establishes Brooks's place as one of our most acclaimed novelists. -- Viking
I just recently learned that Geraldine Brooks' has a new novel coming out called CALEB'S CROSSING. It will be released on May 3rd and I am positively ecstatic -- I might not be able to wait! I think this story sounds incredibly interesting; and that, combined with Ms. Brook's writing, means CALEB'S CROSSING have the chance to be a spectacular read! I consider Ms. Brook's to be one of my "special" authors namely because I have loved so many of her books including YEAR OF WONDER, MARCH and PEOPLE OF THE BOOK.
Have I got your interest? Would you like to get your hands on a copy prior to May 3rd?
Thanks to the fine folks at Viking, I have two galley copies of CALEB'S CROSSING to share with two lucky readers. To enter, just fill out the form below before Thursday, March 24th at 11:59 p.m. ET. I will randomly select and notify the winners the following day. This giveaway is open to those of you with U.S. and Canada mailing addresses only. Good luck!