Caleb's Crossing: The Audio Book Club discusses Geraldine Brooks' new novel.

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June 27 2011 10:23 AM

The Audio Book Club on Caleb's Crossing

Our critics discuss Geraldine Brooks' new novel, Caleb's Crossing.

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Slate editors Emily Bazelon and Hanna Rosin and The New Yorker's Margaret Talbot discuss Pulitzer Prize winner Geraldine Brooks' latest historical novel, Caleb's Crossing. The novel describes a Native American's journey from his tribe on the island of Martha's Vineyard to the early Harvard College and is narrated by Bethia Mayfield, a young missionary's daughter. Rosin muses about where Bethia fits in the annals of literary heroines. Talbot thinks the novel is more like young-adult fiction, and Bazelon discusses how Brooks handles the noble-savage trope.

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Margaret Talbot is a staff writer for The New Yorker.

Hanna Rosin is the founder of DoubleX and a writer for the Atlantic. She is also the author of The End of Men. Follow her on Twitter.

Emily Bazelon is a staff writer at the New York Times Magazine and the author of Sticks and Stones

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