A debut novel chronicling the life and loves of a headstrong, earthy, and magnetic heroine
A glimpse into Native American farmers in Oklahoma, we know farming is grueling work with more heartache than rewards, it also provides little excitement as we discover in the narrative. The plot basically leads you by the hand with the mundane repetitive hard labor tasks of farming. Family issues, meanness within the community, exciting times when strangers roll into town, basically summarizes the plot. A murder occurs adding a dash of much-needed excitement to an overall lackluster storyline.
I could have handled the rote chores of farm life as well as overall laid back small town lifestyle to a point but what killed the entire reading experience was the main protagonist Maud. As we become familiar with Maud we recognize her strength, independence, she serves as the main cog in the tending of her father and addled brother. She’s hardworking, fair to say she doesn’t really have a life of her own simply because she’s too busy keeping the family intact as best she can which is no easy feat not to mention exhausting. However, as we learn more of Maud we are privy to her sexual liberation, which is rare given the time period of 1920’s. What disturbed me most, I felt Maud walked a thin line of being sexually open and promiscuous . She gives herself a little too freely for my tastes. I also found myself annoyed with the amount of time Maud tried to terminate her unexpected pregnancy, I will use ‘unexpected’ loosely – given her multiple bed mates you know an accident is just around the bend. Her actions were off-putting and I couldn’t wait for the story to end. One scene is especially crass making me cringe with Maud’s apathetic attitude even more along with her immature mindset.
This is definitely a story you’ll have to read yourself and discover if you’re on team Maud.
MARGARET VERBLE, an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, has set her novel on her family’s allotment land. She currently lives in Lexington, Kentucky, and Old Windsor, England.
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