From the author of the Pulitzer Prize finalist Maud’s Line, an epic novel that follows a web of complex family alliances and culture clashes in the Cherokee Nation during the aftermath of the Civil War, and the unforgettable woman at its center.
Margaret Verble is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma and author of Cherokee America. In this story, it's the early spring of 1875 in the Cherokee Nation West and a baby, a black hired hand, a bay horse, a gun, a gold stash, and a preacher have all gone missing. Cherokee America Singer, known as Check," a wealthy farmer, mother of five boys, and soon-to-be widow, is not amused. In this epic of the American frontier, several plots intertwine around the heroic and resolute Check: her son is caught in a compromising position that results in murder; a neighbour disappears; another man is killed. The tension mounts and the violence escalates as Check's mixed race family, friends, and neighbours come together to protect their community-and painfully expel one of their own. Cherokee America vividly, and often with humour, explores the bonds-of blood and place, of buried histories and half-told tales, of past grief and present injury-that connect a colourful, eclectic cast of characters, anchored by the clever, determined, and unforgettable Check.