Bethia Mayfield is a restless and curious young woman growing up in the 1660s amid a small band of English Puritans on Martha's Vineyard, in this novel from the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of March and People of the Book. She meets Caleb, the young son of a local chieftain, and the two forge a secret bond as Bethia's minister father, determined to convert the Wampanoag, sends Caleb to become the first Native American graduate of Harvard College. Inspired by a true story and narrated by the irresistible Bethia, Geraldine Brooks' tale of passion and belief captures the turmoil of two brave, openhearted spirits who risk everything in a search for knowledge at a time of superstition and ignorance.
"Caleb's Crossing could not be more enlightening and involving. Beautifully written from beginning to end, it reconfirms Geraldine Brooks's reputation as one of our most supple and insightful novelists."—NYTBR