In 1665, a young man from Martha's Vineyard became the first Native American to graduate from Harvard College. His name was Caleb, and a new novel imagines what his life was like, and who the people were that helped shape him. The new book is called “Caleb’s Crossing.” Pulitzer Prize winning novelist and journalist Geraldine Brooks is the author. She joins us in studio.
Geraldine Brooks talks about her latest novel, Caleb’s Crossing. The story is based on a sliver of fact: in 1665, Caleb, a young man from Martha's Vineyard, became the first Native American to graduate from Harvard College. The narrator is Bethia Mayfield, growing up in the tiny Puritan settlement of Great Harbor. She and Caleb forge a tentative secret friendship that changes both their lives.