Caleb Cheeshahteaumuck hails from Brooks’ current stomping ground, Martha’s Vineyard off the coast of Massachusetts. It was the fact that Caleb graduated in the 1660s and not the 1960s at the height of the American civil rights movement that first blew Brooks away and led her to research and write the novel.
In true Brooks’ style, she has taken the facts and built a solid foundation, then weaved through the gaps a wonderful work of fiction.
My full review of the novel was on Canadian magazine suite101 but has been removed and my copy lost – bummer 🙁
Caleb’s Crossing (Fourth Estate, 2011, ISBN 978000733353, 369 pages.)
My rating: ★★★★