• Under Cedar Shades

Under Cedar Shades

Under Cedar Shades

( from 245 reviews )
  • Author
    Helen Lavinia Underwood
  • Publisher
    Xlibris Corporation
  • Publication date
    18 August 2008

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Book Detail

  • Book Title

    Under Cedar Shades

  • Author

    Helen Lavinia Underwood

  • Date Published

    18 August 2008

  • Publisher

    Xlibris Corporation

  • Pages

    273 pages

  • ISBN

    9781450069892

Book Description

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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