Geraldine Brooks on Her Novel Caleb's Crossing

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

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.


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Bethia Trebilcock

I was most surprised to see the name of your main female character - Bethia! I have never seen it used anywhere else and have never met anyone with this name. I am curious to hear how you came to use this name. I was named after a Scottish Aunt of my grandfathers. I was suppose3d to be a boy so I could be named after him - Peter Forman, but being a girl he picked Bethia Forman!

May. 31 2011 02:53 AM

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