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Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks
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About the Author


Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, Geraldine Brooks attended Bethlehem College, an all girls school, before taking a degree from the University of Sydney. She started her career as a writer with a stint as a reporter for the Sydney Morning Herald. A success as a journalist, Brooks went on to earn an MA in journalism from Columbia University. She served as a foreign correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, working in the Balkans, Africa, and the Middle East, where she covered the first Gulf War. Her work was honored by the Overseas Press Club with their Hal Boyle Award for "Best Newspaper or Wire Service Reporting from Abroad."

Caleb’s Crossing is another exploration of history. Set in Brooks's adopted home of Martha's Vineyard, MA, during the colonial period, it follows the story of a young white woman and young Native American man as they come of age during the troubled interactions of native and colonist. Though fiction, her work is based on real people and events.

Geraldine Brooks and her husband, journalist and author Tony Horwitz, divide their time between Sydney and Martha's Vineyard.


A New York Times bestselling tale of passion and belief, magic and adventure from the Pulitzer Prize–winning author

Bethia Mayfield is a restless and curious young woman growing up in Martha's vineyard in the 1660s amid a small band of pioneering English Puritans. At age 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 a Calvinist minister who seeks to convert the native Wampanoag, and Caleb becomes a prize in the contest between old ways and new, eventually becoming the first Native American graduate of Harvard College. Inspired by a true story and narrated by the irresistible Bethia, Caleb’s Crossing brilliantly captures the triumphs and turmoil of two brave, openhearted spirits who risk everything in a search for knowledge at a time of superstition and ignorance.



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