Tales from the Haunted South
Dark Tourism and Memories of Slavery from the Civil War Era
The Cherokee Rose
A NOVEL OF GARDENS & GHOSTS
Advance Praise for The Cherokee Rose
The history of the American slave-owning South is a history of erasures. With this novel, Tiya Miles overwrites the whitewashing, vibrantly imagining a complex and nuanced community within the Cherokee Nation where the lives of African Americans and Native Americans are interwoven in surprising and forgotten ways. But this is far more than historical fiction; it is a provocative and charming exploration of how one twenty-first-century original, Cheyenne, reframes the past by the creation of a home meant to be shared. Like any great bed-and-breakfast, the Cherokee Rose is a place of welcome, respite, and historical encounter.
–Alice Randall, author of The Wind Done Gone
Poignant and essential storytelling. That only begins to describe Tiya Miles’s work. The Cherokee Rose is a book that, with a deft hand, illuminates a little-known, yet vitally important, facet of a past we all share. A wonderful read.
–Jason Mott, New York Times best-selling author of The Returned
Apart from the fact that one of the characters in this novel, a researcher-sleuth by the name of Jinx Micco, carries a travel bag with both deodorant and one of my books, I like Tiya Miles’ gripping tale for the following reasons: It’s a great story, a skillfully-woven mystery about the way history unfolds in individual lives. It neglects neither the Indian or African American side of the story, and, in fact, illuminates many of the tensions that have caused these oversights. The Cherokee Rose is the book that Cherokee and Creek intellectuals could have, and should have, written but have refused, opting, instead, for tribal approval. Miles’ novel raises questions about the moral legacy of slavery. Just what do Cherokees and Creeks owe the freedmen? Surely, the answer cannot, and must not, be disenfranchisement. The novel’s characters, beautifully intertwined, teach us that disenfranchising community members always means a loss of our own selves, an erosion of the very things that make us tribal. This must-read goes a long way toward debunking any notions that disenfranchisement is benevolent or historically justifiable in a book that you can’t set down and don’t want to ever end.
– Craig Womack, author of Red on Red and Professor of English, Emory University
In The Cherokee Rose, the award-winning and distinguished historian Tiya Miles demonstrates her equally impressive talents as a novelist. Peopled with richly conceived characters, driven by compelling human dramas that cross cultures and ages, and enlivened by graceful and evocative prose, this debut novel is a provocative and intimate study of the tangled histories and contemporary legacies of slaveholding in Indian country. A courageous and compassionate work, The Cherokee Rose asks hard questions about race, power, and belonging and reminds us of the fierce love that centers the quest for justice. We need more novels like this.
– Daniel Heath Justice, author of Kynship: The Way of Thorn and Thunder Trilogy and Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Literature and Expressive Culture, University of British Columbia
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