The Cherokee Rose, written by Tiya Miles, award-winning historian and recipient of a recent MacArthur “genius grant,” examines a little-known aspect of America’s past–slaveholding by Southern Cherokees–and its legacy in the lives of three contemporary young women who are drawn to the Georgia plantation where scenes of extreme cruelty, and equally extraordinary compassion, are played out.
Tiya Miles has been selected for Ebony Magazine‘s “Power 100” and The Grio‘s “100 lists of African American leaders.” Her non-fiction books, The House on Diamond Hill: A Cherokee Plantation Story and Ties That Bind: The Story of an Afro-Cherokee Family in Slavery and Freedom received numerous prestigious awards. She lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she is a professor in American Culture, History, Afroamerican & African Studies, Native American Studies, and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan.
“With the character arcs and the exploration of an often-overlooked area of history–the Native American ownership of African slaves–this is a solid choice for book clubs that savor meaty discussions.” —Library Journal
..”.[a] wrenching yet enlightening saga. Readers will be taken with the way this novel blends past and present.” —Publishers Weekly
“An enchanting examination of bloodlines, legacy and the myriad braches of a diverse family tree.” —Kirkus Reviews
“With both modern-day and historical characters equally believable in their desires and life journeys, this novel tells a little-known story that is complex and captivating.” —Foreword Reviews