Our interview with Geraldine Brooks about Caleb's Crossing is BookPage's May cover story. The novel is about a Wampanoag boy who graduated from Harvard in 1665—and the Puritan woman he befriends, and who longs for an education.

In the interview, Brooks explains some of the history behind her fiction, like how some women in the 17th century were literate and longed for a better lot in life.

For some fantastic visuals to go along with the interview, watch this trailer from Viking, which takes us from Martha's Vineyard to Harvard, the settings of the novel:

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Also in BookPage: Read an interview with Brooks about March, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about Mr. March (of Little Women fame). Read reviews of Brooks' People of the Book and Year of Wonders.

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