Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks

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Caleb's CrossingCaleb’s Crossing (Paperback)..

by Geraldine Brooks


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In 1665, a young man from Martha’s Vineyard became the first Native American graduate of Harvard College.

From the few facts that survive of this extraordinary life, Brooks creates a luminous tale of passion and belief, magic and adventure. The voice of Caleb’s Crossing belongs to Bethia Mayfield, growing up in the tiny island settlement of Great Harbor amid a small band of pioneering English Puritans.

Possessed of a restless spirit and a curious mind, Bethia slips the bounds of her rigid society to explore the island’s glistening beaches and observe its native inhabitants. At 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 Great Harbor’s minister, who feels called to convert the Wampanoag to his own strict Calvinism. He awakens the wrath of the medicine men, against whose magic he must test his faith in a high-stakes battle that may cost his life, and his very soul.

Caleb becomes a prize in this contest between old ways and new, eventually taking his place at Harvard, studying Latin and Greek alongside the sons of the colonial elite. Bethia also finds herself in Cambridge at the behest of her imperious elder brother. As she fights for a voice in a society that requires her silence, she also becomes entangled in Caleb’s struggle to navigate the intellectual and cultural shoals that divide their two cultures.

What becomes of these characters – the triumphs and turmoil they endure in embracing their new destinies – is the subject of this riveting and intensely observed novel. Bethia proves an emotionally irresistible guide to the wilds of Martha’s Vineyard and to the intimate spaces of the human heart.


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Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
Published: 01 May 2011
Format: Paperback 300 pages
ISBN 13: 9780732289225
ISBN 10: 073228922X

Prices at 20th June 2011

Australia:

A$ 31.51 www.fishpond.com.au with free shipping in Australia

Caleb's Crossing HardbackCaleb’s Crossing (HardBack version)..

Publisher: Viking Books
Published: 03 May 2011
Format: Hardback 320 pages
ISBN 13: 9780670021048
ISBN 10: 0670021040

Prices at 20th June 2011

Australia

A$ 23.18 www.fishpond.com.au with free shipping in Australia – Priced at 9th July 2011

United Kingdom:

£ 15.57 (AUD$ 25.21) www.bookdepository.com Free delivery worldwide

 


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