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  1. Maud's Line
    Maud's Line
    Maud's Line
    Maud's Line
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  2. Maud's Line

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    Customer Ratings (135 reviews)
    Price R400.00

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A debut novel chronicling the life and loves of a headstrong, earthy, and magnetic heroine

Eastern Oklahoma, 1928. Eighteen-year-old Maud Nail lives with her rogue father and sensitive brother on one of the allotments parceled out by the U.S. Government to the Cherokees when their land was confiscated for Oklahoma’s statehood. Maud’s days are filled with hard work and simple pleasures, but often marked by violence and tragedy, a fact that she accepts with determined practicality. Her prospects for a better life are slim, but when a newcomer with good looks and books rides down her section line, she takes notice. Soon she finds herself facing a series of high-stakes decisions that will determine her future and those of her loved ones.

Maud’s Line is accessible, sensuous, and vivid. It will sit on the bookshelf alongside novels by Jim Harrison, Louise Erdrich, Sherman Alexie, and other beloved chroniclers of the American West and its people.

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Margaret Verble
First Edition/First Printing
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Most Helpful Customer Reviews

I really like the character of Maud. She is real, resilient, practical, and compelling. Her interactions and thinking are always believable. She behaves in a way that strikes me as true - never silly, brainless, or without sense. I like the insights into the complexities of native American family life, without belaboring any point. This story is a great window in a place,a time, and a culture. I would love to visit there again. Kudos to the author.
I got this book because of a review in the Smithsonian. Not what I expected but a very good presentation of issues of the time. I could see myself in some of this, and others I know, and we are 70 years later. The story caused a lot of reflection, and gave me a better understanding of how it was for my parents and the people of their time.
Do I feel this was a worthy read? Yes. Did I read it to the end? Yes. The author did a very good job of meshing writing style with the setting and characters. They thought things through slowly, waited patiently for answers to questions. Were people of a few words in environments rather stark and certainly difficult. The author chose to use a short simply put style which suited the novel.

Spoiler alert!

So the question is, why only 3 stars? I really disliked the animal cruelty at the beginning of the story and really wanted to stop reading as soon as it was described. Horrible, but maybe the author felt it necessary to the story. Still hated it. Second, while empathizing to a point with the main character, I found it difficult to like her. She seemed so self absorbed with her own feelings that she seemed to have little if any sympathy or regard for anyone else, whether Billy, the baby or sometimes her relatives. I thought her final "gift" to... Read more
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