Montgomery City-County Public Library Event Calendar

Date: 11/8/2017
Time: 2:00 PM -
Title: Book Bunch Meeting
Location: Governors Square Branch Library
Intended Audience: Adult
Description: Book Bunch will discuss the novel Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks. All adults are welcome to come.

Book jacket summary: In 1665, a young man from Martha’s vineyard becomes the first Native American graduate of Harvard College. From the few facts that survive of this extraordinary life, Brooks creates a luminous tale of passion and belief, magic and adventure. The voice of Caleb’s Crossing belongs to Bethia Mayfield, growing up in the tiny island settlement of Great Harbor amid a small band of pioneering English Puritans. Possessed of a restless spirit and a curious mind, Bethisa slips the bounds of her rigid society to explore the island’s glistening beaches and observe its native inhabitants. At 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 Great Harbor’s minister, who feels called to convert the Wampanog to his own strict Calvinism. He awakens the wrath of the medicine men, against whose magic he must test his faith in a high stakes battle that ma cost his life and his very soul. Caleb becomes a prize in this contest between old ways and new, eventually taking his place at Harvard, studying Latin and Greek alongside the sons of the colonial elite. Berthia also finds herself in Cambridge at the behest of her imperious elder brother. As she fights for a voice in a society that requires here silence, she also becomes entangled in Caleb’s struggle to navigate the intellectual and cultural shoals that divide their two cultures. What will become of these characters in embracing