Maud's Line

Maud's Line

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"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 books rides down her section line, she takes notice"--Dust jacket flap.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2015]
ISBN: 9780544470194
0544470192
Characteristics: 294 pages ; 22 cm

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Blabbermouth
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.

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brangwinn
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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