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The story's main character is Bethia Mayfield, the daughter of Minister Mayfield (the man responsible for Caleb's conversion). Bethia and Caleb become close friends. Bethia encourages Caleb's nascent Christainity and spiritual re-birth, and it is Bethia that holds Caleb's hand as he dies.
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Vendor: Penguin Books
Publication Date: 2011
Bethia Mayfield is a restless and curious young woman growing up in Martha's vineyard in the 1660s amid a small band of pioneering English Puritans. At age twelve, she meets Caleb, the young son of a chieftain, and the two forge a secret bond that draws each into the alien world of the other. Bethia's father is a Calvinist minister who seeks to convert the native Wampanoag, and Caleb becomes a prize in the contest between old ways and new, eventually becoming the first Native American graduate of Harvard College. Inspired by a true story and narrated by the irresistible Bethia, Calebs Crossing brilliantly captures the triumphs and turmoil of two brave, openhearted spirits who risk everything in a search for knowledge at a time of superstition and ignorance.
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"Calebs Crossing could not be more enlightening and involving. Beautifully written from beginning to end, it reconfirms Geraldine Brookss reputation as one of our most supple and involving novelists." Jane Smiley, The New York Times Book Review
"Brooks filters the early colonial era through the eyes of a ministers daughter growing up on the island known today as Marthas Vineyard…[Bethias] voice rendered by Brooks with exacting attention to the language and rhythm of the seventeenth century is captivatingly true to her time." The New Yorker
"A dazzling act of the imagination. . .Brooks takes the few known facts about the real Caleb, and builds them into a beautifully realized and thoroughly readable tale…this is intimate historical fiction, observing even the most acute sufferings and smallest heroic gestures in the context of major events." Matthew Gilbert, The Boston Globe
"In Bethia, Geraldine Brooks has created a multidimensional, inspiring yet unpredictable character…Bethias forbearance, her quiet insistence, the way she creates her life using the best of whatever is handed to her, puts the struggles of American women today in perspective." Susan Salter Reynolds, The Los Angeles Times
"Original and compelling. . .[Brooks characters] struggle every waking moment with spiritual questions that are as real and unending as the punishing New England winters."Paul Chaat Smith, The Washington Post