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Waiting on Wednesday 4/27: Caleb’s Crossing



“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

It took me a while to pick the book for this week’s Waiting on Wednesday post. Here’s what I finally chose:

Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks

A richly imagined new novel from the author of the New York Times bestseller, People of the Book.

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.

I read and enjoyed People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks a couple of years ago for a book club. I haven’t been inclined to pick up her other historical novels for some reason. I’m hoping that Caleb’s Crossing has a HEA or something like it. As someone who mostly reads romance, this is a must for me. However, I’m also avoiding advance reviews of this book. I’ve been trying to do this in general for books I want to read.

Though the ebook price is painful ($12.99) I’ve already pre-ordered it from the Kindle store. I might order a hardcover copy instead so that I can share it with friends and family, most of whom don’t have ereaders.

What about you? What are you looking forward to reading this week?

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  1. I have been looking forward to reading this book too, it looks great.

  2. This sounds like it will be a really good read! I love having HEA’s too. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!