I picked this book up thinking it would be something interesting because the book is historical fiction, and Creek Nation (my personal heritage) and African Americans (also, my heritage).
I surprised myself by really enjoying this book, though I'm not really a fan of books set in early America, this book was captivating.
I was easily pulled into this easy read. What an amazing tale that so many with roots in Oklahoma can relate too.
my 85year old father cried reading this book
This was an absorbing tale of a little known story in American History. Powerful character development based on true events and told over the span of the 100 year history of a black family in the Creek Nation.
Born on an Alabama plantation in 1810 and sold to Creek Indian Chief Yargee shortly thereafter, Cow Tom - so called for his talents as hilis haya of the herd, a healer of cattle - also serves as his master's yatika, or interpreter, translating between the Mvskoke-speaking Creek and their Anglophone neighbors. Despite his relatively privileged status among the Creek, Tom yearns to be "paper-free," with a wife and family and land of his own. As in her previous novels, Cane River and Red River, author Lalita Tademy draws on aspects of her own family history to present a multi-generational, multicultural family saga that provides insight into lesser-known events in American history. Historical Fiction newsletter December 2014.
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