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Maud's Line

by Margaret Verble

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  • Robin M. (Newark, DE)
    Great Historical Fiction
    Historical fiction is my favorite read, and this (perhaps somewhat biographical?) book did not disappoint. Margaret Verble's descriptions of landscapes and events are rich, allowing the reader to easily form a mental image of the environment and plot, almost like watching a movie in one's mind. I don't know much about the lives of Native American's, but this book gave me an idea of what it was like in the 1930's. I imagine there was a great deal of research involved with the writing.

    My great-great grandfather was a peddler with a horse-drawn cart in around the turn of the previous century. I don't believe he traveled as Booker did, but it gave me some ideas about a family member that none of my living relatives remember.
  • Josephine J. (Goshen, CT)
    Wonderful
    I requested this book because my father was born in Muskogee, OK, in 1916, and I wanted to know something about that time and place. I learned a lot from it, not in a didactic way, but in the well-told story of Maud, a young "mostly Cherokee" girl growing up on an allotment (land given to the Native Americans). Maud has two suitors, a white schoolteacher/peddler) and a full-blood Cherokee; a drunk and mostly absent father; and a beloved if strange brother. Their stories are enthralling, and this would make a great book club read. It is written with such immediacy that I felt swept into Maud's world - what more can a reader ask?
  • Gloria Ganderbilt
    Outstanding!
    This book exceeded all my expectations. The setting is eastern Oklahoma where I live, so I was particularly interested the book to start with. The writer's descriptions of locales were so vivid and realistic, it made this reader feel the starkness of Maud's life. I felt her loneliness and yearning for a better life. I loved Maud's colloquialisms, ie "difficult as a cow with a twitchy foot". Maud was real. She accepted life as it is but longed for something better. I didn't want the book to end unless it happened for her. The writer did such a good job of allowing the readers to get to know and understand her characters. Maud's sex life got a little more explicit that I felt was necessary, but considering her home life, it was perfectly natural. I read the final pages happy with the ending and satisfied that Maud had better things ahead for her. Congratulations to Margaret Verble for well written story.
  • Sharon B. (Rome, GA)
    Maud's Line
    I requested this book because I was born and raised in Oklahoma and like to read books that are set in that state. I was not disappointed with Maud's Line, the story of a young Cherokee woman's struggle to survive and make a life for herself on her family's small allotment of land. This little novel is full of historic details while weaving a story of love and the importance of family in difficult circumstances. I highly recommend it for anyone wanting to learn more about Native American or Oklahoma history in a fictional setting.
  • Marci G. (Sicklerville, NJ)
    Maud's Line
    Maud's Line grabs you from the first few pages like a train wreck you can't turn away from. A gruesome act that sets off a series of events which leaves the reader(me) reeling. A fascinating time period and culture rich with family for better and for worse. The ties that bind. Does Maude's line speak of only the line of her government allotment of land or a line she can't emotionally cross? I would recommend this book! Fascinating!
  • Barbara P. (Hixson, TN)
    Maud's Line
    I was attracted to this novel because I hadn't read much about the Cherokee people once they had been sent out west. The story was entertaining but would have liked more character development. I felt like I needed to know more about what Maud, Booker and Billy were thinking. We knew more about their physical relationship than anything however I do realize that that was a large part of their attraction.
    I did enjoy the book and would recommend this as light summer read.
  • Robin F. (Tucson, AZ)
    Maud's Line
    This book is about survival, desertion, sexual appeal (and appetite) and really living without what we might imagine as basic needs. How many of us live in a home without running water or electricity or gas? Maud learned early in her life not to depend on Mustard, her father, but to take up the role her mother might have played if she had survived. This all takes place on land in Oklahoma. And, the author has lovingly drawn from family stories to flesh out Maud's life. This is a story well told. I very much enjoyed reading about Maud's family, their traditions and "expectations'.
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