Lisa Says… Read This Book by Geraldine Brooks

By Lisa Hamilton

Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks
Caleb’s Crossing
by Geraldine Brooks

I was compelled to read Caleb’s Crossing, by Geraldine Brooks, because my son spent the summer off the coast of Massachusetts where the majority of the novel takes place. Like many, I enjoy historical fiction, and Brooks writes about early America with wit and wisdom as she tells the story of Caleb Cheeshahteaumauk, the first Native American to graduate from Harvard College.

The narrator of Caleb’s Crossing is Bethia Mayfield, a minister’s daughter who has the spirit and determination to embrace knowledge and adventure while growing up in this small settlement among puritans and natives. Bethia meets Caleb, the son of a Wampanoag chieftain, while exploring the beautiful island and its secrets. Their relationship remains a secret as their friendship is forged, and their lives travel a path of love, loss and heartache. Bethia’s father takes Caleb into their home to tutor him while Caleb’s own father struggles to lead his people against the ways of the new colonists.

Bethia is an engaging and entertaining narrator as she confesses her darkest secrets and deepest fears. It is through her that we learn the great bits of history and the hard and fast religious beliefs of the time and area. Geraldine Brooks has delivered another enjoyable novel that I genuinely liked and recommend.

About this writer

  • Lisa Hamilton A native South Carolinian, Lisa Hamilton is the director of the First Presbyterian Church Preschool and Kindergarten. Of course she loves reading, but also finds time for cooking and walking her dog, Hurley.

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One Response to “Lisa Says… Read This Book by Geraldine Brooks”

  1. This book sounds like one I’d really enjoy. Thank you for posting a review of it.

    I just came across your Book It page, and I’ll be following it from now on.

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