Geraldine Brooks: Caleb's Crossing

Geraldine Brooks’s new novel

Sophie Cunningham

 

Caleb’s Crossing
by Geraldine Brooks
Fourth Estate, $32.99 pb, 369 pp, 9780732289225

 

Geraldine Brooks has an extraordinary radar for a good story, a curiosity that has carried her, and her readers, from Year of Wonders (2001), set during England’s plague of 1666; to March andthe American Civil War; to medieval Spain and the People of the Book (2008).Her latest novel, Caleb’s Crossing, is set closer to the place Brooks calls home – in the early settlement of Great Harbor on the island we now know as Martha’s Vineyard. It is a place that features heavily in the modern-day mythology surrounding the Kennedy clan, but back in the 1600s the island was party to a much more profound tragedy: the displacement of the Native American Indian.

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Published in June 2011 no. 332

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