Books on the Boundary: A Museum of the Cherokee People Reading Circle is a quarterly book club that discusses the best fiction, nonfiction, and poetry written by Indigenous authors. Join us quarterly at the Museum of the Cherokee People Store. Our Winter 2024 read is Even As We Breathe, a suspenseful historical fiction novel by Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle (Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians). Bring your thoughts and questions to our meeting as we enjoy a Q&A with the author herself!
“Nineteen-year-old Cowney Sequoyah yearns to escape his hometown of Cherokee, North Carolina, in the heart of the Smoky Mountains. When a summer job at Asheville’s luxurious Grove Park Inn and Resort brings him one step closer to escaping the hills that both cradle and suffocate him, he sees it as an opportunity. With World War II raging in Europe, the inn is the temporary home of Axis diplomats and their families, who are being held as prisoners of war. Soon, Cowney’s refuge becomes a cage when the daughter of one of the residents goes missing and he finds himself accused of abduction and murder.
Even As We Breathe invokes the elements of bone, blood, and flesh as Cowney navigates difficult social, cultural, and ethnic divides. After leaving the seclusion of the Cherokee reservation, he is able to explore a future free from the consequences of his family’s choices and to construct a new worldview, for a time. However, prejudice and persecution in the white world of the resort eventually compel Cowney to free himself from larger forces that hold him back as he struggles to unearth evidence of his innocence and clear his name.”
Even As We Breathe is available for purchase at the Museum Store and in our webstore.
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February 28, 2024 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Museum of the Cherokee People 589 Tsali Blvd, 28719, Cherokee, NC, United States, 828 497 3481 View Venue Website Books on the Boundary Education