Geraldine Brooks is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning March, Year of Wonders, and the non-fiction works Nine Parts of Desire and Foreign Correspondence. Previously, Brooks was a correspondent for the Wall Street Journal in Bosnia, Somalia, and the Middle East. Born and raised in Australia, she divides her time between Sydney and Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. She lives with her husband, the author Tony Horwitz, and their two sons, Nathaniel and Bizuayehu.
Pulitzer Prize winner Brooks recounts the relationship between a Native American boy from Martha's Vineyard and the white girl he befriends. The story tackles the prejudices Caleb faces both in terms of race and religion as well as the sexism Bethia suffers. Caleb surmounts his obstacles to become a student at Harvard, where, ironically, Bethia also is sent, but as an indentured servant. (An LJ Best Historical Novel of 2011.) (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.