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The Cherokee Rose

A Novel of Gardens & Ghosts

Tiya Miles

Hardcover

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Description

Written by an award-winning historian and recipient of a recent MacArthur "Genius Grant," The Cherokee Rose explores territory reminiscent of the bestselling and beloved works of Alice Walker, Octavia Butler, and Louise Erdrich. Now, Tiya Miles's luminous but highly accessible novel examines a little-known aspect of America's past slaveholding by Southern Creeks and Cherokees and its legacy in the lives of three young women who are drawn to the Georgia plantation where scenes of extreme cruelty and equally extraordinary compassion once played out.

John F. Blair, Publisher, 9780895876355

Publication Date: April 7, 2015



Conversation Starters from ReadingGroupChoices.com

Many Americans can relate to Cheyenne Cotterell’s


journey to discover her genealogical history. Hearing


stories passed down by ancestors is a large part of


identity. But what if those stories don’t match records


such as newspapers, census information, and other


documents? Have you ever researched your family tree? Do you have


oral histories passed onto you from relatives or ancestors?


The Cherokee Rose is full of a diverse cast of characters from the past


and present. In what ways, big and small, do you see the characters


experience or confront prejudice based on their race, class, gender, or


sexuality?


The plot of The Cherokee Rose is really begun when the characters travel


to The Cherokee Rose Plantation because it is being auctioned; this is


not something that only happens in fiction. Do you feel citizens or


governments have a duty to protect historical sites like The Cherokee


Rose Plantation? Should there be more done to document and exhibit


the true history persevered in such places?


The Cherokee Rose follows Ruth Mayes and Jinx Micco, both gay


women of color, and Cheyenne Cotterell, a black woman trying to


discover a lost Native American branch of her family tree. The novel


also features historical characters often overlooked in history books


and records. In fact, when beginning her research, Tiya Miles was faced


with an archivist who laughed at the idea of finding any significant


material on African American and Native American women. Do you


think The Cherokee Rose does well to shine a spotlight on women


whose experiences have been all but erased from history? With which


character do you most identify? (You can take this Buzzfeed quiz to see


which character you’re most like!: http://www.buzzfeed.com/annabs/


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Tiya Miles’s distinguished research delving into the world of a


Cherokee-owned slave plantation in present-day Georgia culminated


into her works of nonfiction. Her research on that subject and expertise


on women’s history are the foundations for The Cherokee Rose. What


aspects of the history presented in the novel surprise you most? Was


the author’s note about her research enlightening or helpful? Do you


think fiction is a good tool to teach people about lesser known people


and events of the past?