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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (22,548 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Geraldine Brooks Narrator: Jennifer Ehle Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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’ 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’ place as one of our most acclaimed novelists.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[Caleb’s Crossing] contributes in good measure to the current and very welcome revitalization of the historical novel.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Writing in Bethia’s voice, Brooks offers a lyric and elevated narrative that effectively replicates the language of the era; she takes on the obvious issues of white arrogance, cultural difference, and the debased role of women without settling into jeremiad. The result is sweet and aching.”

    Library Journal

  • One of the 2011 Bookpage Most Anticipated Book
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Selected for the May 2011 Indie Next List
  • An 2011 Amazon Top 100 Book
  • A 2011 Barnes & Noble Best Book for Fiction
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month, May 2011
  • A 2011 Library Journal Best Book for Fiction
  • A 2011 Library Journal Best Audiobook
  • A 2011 Chautauqua Prize Finalist
  • A BookPage Book of the Day in May 2011
  • Winner of the 2011 New England Book Award for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Erin Peterson | 2/12/2014

    " I couldn't put this book down! I finished it in four hours. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lynda | 2/10/2014

    " Liked much about the book. Characters very interesting. Mixture of high emotions and yet somewhat closed and secretive. Overall results - heavy "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Anna Amato | 2/7/2014

    " I have to agree with Jennifer and want to add that the problem is not the story but the teller "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ruthie | 2/6/2014

    " Geraldine Brooks is a favorite author of mine. This book, like her others, is very rich in historical detail. Although it started slow the story and character development was powerful and worth the wait. "

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