Maud's Line

Maud's Line

Book - 2015
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A debut novel chronicling the life and loves of a headstrong, earthy, and magnetic heroine

Eastern Oklahoma, 1928. Eighteen-year-old Maud Nail lives with her rogue father and sensitive brother on one of the allotments parceled out by the U.S. Government to the Cherokees when their land was confiscated for Oklahoma's statehood. Maud's days are filled with hard work and simple pleasures, but often marked by violence and tragedy, a fact that she accepts with determined practicality. Her prospects for a better life are slim, but when a newcomer with good looks and booksrides down her section line, she takes notice. Soon she finds herself facing a series of high-stakes decisions that will determine her future and those of her loved ones.

Maud's Line is accessible, sensuous, and vivid. It will sit on the bookshelf alongside novels by Jim Harrison, Louise Erdrich, Sherman Alexie, and other beloved chroniclers of the American West and its people.
Publisher: Boston :, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,, 2015
ISBN: 9780544470194
Branch Call Number: F VER
Characteristics: 294 pages ; 22 cm


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Aug 24, 2016

I did enjoy this book. It wasn't a feel good book though. As if it wasn't enough that the Cherokee people had to go through the Trail of Tears. At the end of that they got to live in allotments in abysmal poverty.
It's a story of Maud Nail an 18yr old Cherokee, her family & their lives in the allotments in the year 1928.

Aug 07, 2015

It is seldom I see a debut novel with a strong story line as well as being rich in history and cultural information. Verble’s Cherokee heritage and family lore about the property in Oklahoma help make Maud a compelling protagonist. The ending of the book would provide great fodder for a book club discussion. Verble has an ability to convey the emotions and thoughts of living in such a desolate area. Her characters are rich in dimension and the difference in personality between Maud’s two suitors intensify Maud’s dilemma. I hope to see more from this author. (LibraryThing review copy)

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