A Parchment of Leaves is dedicated to the strong women in author Silas Houses life and inspired by his own Cherokee great-grandmother. In the novel, his second, House takes onand convincingly pulls offthe challenging tasks of portraying a world long gone, and of seeing that world through the eyes of a character from another culture and of the opposite sex. Set in the years before and during World War I, the story is told by Vine, a young Cherokee woman who leaves her family to marry a white man. Though battling homesickness, loneliness, and prejudice, she works to build a home and a marriage and gradually forms close ties among a group of women who often must fend for themselves as the war and other, more personal conflicts take the men away. But then a horrifying incidence of violence leaves Vine with a terrible secret that threatens all of those bondsunless family and forgiveness can intervene.
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Also on our shelves: Silas first novel, Clays Quilt, was our August 2002 selection.