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Calebs Crossing
Reviewed by- linda (2011/08/02, 06:31 PM)
This is a well written, engrossing work of historical fiction, meticulously researched and well plotted. In this book Geraldine Brooks gives us two likable but diverse characters and some fascinating information on the early years of Harvard. Bethia is the daughter of a Puritan minister. Through her we are introduced to the prejudice against females and the pressures of having strong religious beliefs. These deeply rooted beliefs cause her much angst and create conflict and guilt influencing her important life decisions. We also witness the limitations on life choices available to her in this era. The real life character Caleb Cheeshahteaumuck, the first Native American to graduate from Harvard is the inspiration for this book. His journey shows the barriers and discrimination against his people and the sacrifice necessary to receive his college education. It’s eye opening to read of Harvard only 30 years into its existence and compare to the Harvard we know today. Brooks gives us insight into the customs of the Wampanoag tribe and early Colonial history. Geraldine Brooks is the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for her 2005 book “March”Back.

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