by Geraldine Brooks
Genre: Historical Fiction
“Once again, Geraldine Brooks takes a remarkable shard of history and brings it to vivid life. In 1665, a young man from Martha’s Vineyard became the first Native American to graduate from Harvard College. Upon this slender factual scaffold, Brooks has created a luminous tale of love and faith, magic and adventure.” (Goodreads)
I really hated for this book to end. Bethia is telling her story of her life and the life of Caleb, an Indian boy who grows up along side her and is taught by her father for a time. Bethia’s father was a minister who evangelized the tribe that Caleb was a part of.
Bethia was outspoken for a young lady of this religious sect. I guess they were Anabaptist at the time… very strict about what a woman could and could not do. She went with her brother to and Caleb to Harvard to work as an Indentured servant to pay her brothers tuition. Caleb was accepted on scholarship because he was an Indian. I am impressed with Brooks use of Indian names, tribes, and speech. Luckily I listened to this book in audio form or I would have struggled greatly with that part.
This book is appropriate for all ages. I have found, so far, that this author writes good clean literature!