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.

Read the rest of this article by purchasing a subscription to ABR Online, or subscribe to the print edition to receive access to ABR Online free of charge.

If you are a single issue subscriber you will need to upgrade your subscription to view back issues.

If you are already subscribed, click here to log in.

Published in June 2011 no. 332

Leave a comment

Please note that all comments must be approved by ABR and comply with our Terms & Conditions.

NB: If you are an ABR Online subscriber or contributor, you will need to login to ABR Online in order to post a comment. If you have forgotten your login details, or if you receive an error message when trying to submit your comment, please email your comment (and the name of the article to which it relates) to We will review your comment and, subject to approval, we will post it under your name.