Under Cedar Shades: A Novel

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Xlibris Corporation, Aug 18, 2008 - Fiction - 273 pages
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Under Cedar Shades spans five generations of American women and their families as they struggle to endure displacement, color discrimination, famine, war and exploitation in 19th century America. The story begins with the forced removal of the Cherokees along the Trail of Tears in 1838 and continues as many of them intermingle with Welch, African, Portuguese, and Scots-Irish immigrants. Family secrets abound, as a modern-day descendant presses her grandmother for answers to who she is. But her grandmother harbors a terrible secret she can neither forget nor reveal. Under Cedar Shades is about endurance in the face of adversity, discrimination and injustice. It draws on the Cherokee belief in the sacred nature of the cedar, which never loses its branches, even in winter.


“A multigenerational saga, comparable in characterization and narrative skill (though not in size) to the work of James Michener. . . .A fascinating and entertaining piece of historical fiction.”
(Amazon.com six-star reader review)

“Underwood does a fine job humanizing the contradictions underpinning the inception of the United States – treaties and hypocrisy, land stolen at bayonet point, slavery for some and autonomy for others. . . . Her strengths lie in evoking broad washes of ancestral time punctuated by detailed scenes of domesticity . . . . Lively characters keep pages turning at a steady tick.”
(Kirkus Discovery Reviews)
 

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Contents

FOUR
148
FIVE
152
BOOK V
160
ONE
162
TWO
168
THREE
172
FOUR
176
FIVE
181

FIVE
51
BOOK II
61
ONE
62
TWO
69
THREE
74
FOUR
78
FIVE
84
SIX
91
SEVEN
97
BOOK III
100
ONE
102
TWO
108
THREE
114
FOUR
120
FIVE
124
BOOK IV
132
ONE
134
TWO
140
THREE
144
BOOK VI
186
ONE
188
TWO
194
THREE
202
FOUR
206
FIVE
212
SIX
218
BOOK VII
222
ONE
224
TWO
230
THREE
240
FOUR
244
FIVE
250
E P I L O G U E
256
AUTHORS NOTE
260
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
262
RESOURCES
266
THE TRAIL OF TEARS ASSOCIATION
272
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About the author (2008)

Helen Lavinia Underwood is a native of Madison County, Alabama. She has taught writing at both the secondary school and college levels, and holds degrees from Martin Methodist College, Middle Tennessee State University, and Rutgers University. While she has written short stories and a collection of poetry, Under Cedar Shades is her first novel. She lives with her husband Joel in Delaware.

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