Daily Archives: May 25, 2012

* Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks

Caleb’s Crossing is a historical novel based on very little historical evidence of the first Native American to graduate from Harvard in 1665. With the paucity of the record, the author could choose to either stick to it and fluff up the story with historical background stories, or to build upon the record into something less faithful and less constrained. She chose the former, which makes for a meager story, and the choice of telling the story in the anachronistically feminist voice of a preacher’s daughter does not help matters.

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