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Caleb's Crossing

Brooks, Geraldine (Book - 2011)
Caleb's Crossing
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Once again, the author 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, she has created a luminous tale of love and faith, magic and adventure. The narrator of the story 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 the author'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.
Authors: Brooks, Geraldine
Title: Caleb's crossing
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2011
Characteristics: ix, 306 p. :,map ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Geraldine Brooks
Summary: Once again, the author 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, she has created a luminous tale of love and faith, magic and adventure. The narrator of the story 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 the author'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.
ISBN: 9780670021048
0670021040
Branch Call Number: FICTION BROOKS 2011
Subject Headings: Cheeshahteaumuck, Caleb, approximately 1646-1666 Fiction Wampanoag Indians Massachusetts Martha's Vineyard Fiction Indian college graduates Fiction Indian scholars United States Fiction
Genre/Form: Biographical fiction
Historical fiction
Topical Term: Wampanoag Indians
Indian college graduates
Indian scholars
LCCN: 2010051207
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Join the discussion on Nov. 18, 2014. In the 1660s, Caleb became the first Native American to graduate Harvard. Brooks takes a remarkable shard of history and brings it to life in a tale of love and faith, magic and adventure.

Join the discussion on March 24, 2015. In the 1660s, Caleb became the first Native American to graduate Harvard. Brooks takes a remarkable shard of history and brings it to life in a tale of love and faith, magic and adventure.

Join the discussion on April 15, 2015. In the 1660s, Caleb became the first Native American to graduate Harvard. Brooks takes a remarkable shard of history and brings it to life in a tale of love and faith, magic and adventure.

Once again, the amazing 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, she has created a luminous tale of love and ... Read More »

This is a wonderful historical novel based on the true story of a Wampanoag indian who graduated from Harvard in 1665.


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