Join AAUW’s “The Cherokee Rose” Book Discussion with Author Tiya Miles

December 3, 2015


Time: 7–8 p.m. ET

Location: Online

Cost: Free

Listen to the archived recording.

Event Description

Calling all ¡Adelante! Book of the Month Club members! Join AAUW for our first book discussion with former AAUW grantee and MacArthur Genius Grant winner Tiya Miles, author of The Cherokee Rose.

This highly accessible work 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 a Georgia plantation where scenes of extreme cruelty and extraordinary compassion once played out. The novel is based on historical sources about the Chief Vann House in Chatsworth, Georgia, and the Moravian mission sponsored there in the early 1800s.

Miles uncovered this history while researching her book The House on Diamond Hill. In The Cherokee Rose, she has retold the story in fiction. The characters in include Jinx, the free-spirited historian exploring her tribe’s complicated racial history; Ruth, whose mother sought refuge from a troubled marriage in her beloved garden; Cheyenne, the black debutante seeking to connect with a meaningful personal history; and, hovering above them all, the spirit of long-gone Mary Ann Battis, a young woman suspected of burning a mission to the ground who then disappeared from tribal records. As they discover the secrets of a Cherokee plantation, these women attempt to connect with the strong spirits of the past and reconcile the conflicts in their own lives.

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About ¡Adelante! Book of the Month Club

Female authors are much less likely than male authors to have their books reviewed in major publications like the New York Times and Harper’s Magazine. That’s why we created the ¡Adelante! Book of the Month Club: to spotlight engrossing stories and writing by women from all backgrounds. We also connect our members to some of the authors we feature through web discussions. Stay in the know about upcoming ¡Adelante! events, or create your own book club.


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