10/8/11 – Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks
finished 10/8 – pub. 2011 – Audible read by Jennifer Ehle – rating 7
I loved Brooks’ first novel, Year of Wonders and I really enjoyed her second, March, but since them I’ve felt that the quality has just slid off. People of the Book had such a promising premise but I think Brooks just doesn’t have the talent to pull that off. Nine Parts of Desire, a 1994 work of non-fiction is okay – not something I’d recommend.
Caleb’s Crossing is wonderfully well written but the PCness of it grates at times. The protagonist is just a wee tad too 21st century for my historical preferences. I suspect that Brooks did her research and the background is accurate.