Geraldine Brooks's latest historical novel, CALEB'S CROSSING, opens with a facsimile of a letter written by Caleb Cheeshahteaumauk to the English benefactors who sponsored his education at Harvard University. Written in Latin, faded and nearly indecipherable, the letter nevertheless confers an air of authenticity to a story that might otherwise seem too outlandish to be true.
As if Brooks needs additional historical credentials. In her previous novels, including the beloved YEAR OF WONDERS, she has aptly proven her ability to blend historical accuracy and outstanding research with contemporary perspective and genuine storytelling skills. CALEB'