Books Set in the South, Family dynamics, Fiction, Historical Fiction, House-Silas, Romantic Fiction, Social Commentary

#567 A Parchment of Leaves by Silas House

 A Parchment of Leaves by Silas House A Parchment of Leaves by Silas House

People said Vine was a witch. She had bewitched Saul people said. In reality, Vine was simply a Cherokee woman whom people looked down on because she was Cherokee. It was true that she knew how to use nature to heal a snake bite and to help a cold along, but she was no witch, that was just Cherokee knowledge.

Vine married Saul young. She left her family and went to live with him in a place called God’s Creek. Saul’s mother, Esme, wasn’t too thrilled about having a Cherokee for a daughter-in-law, but soon warmed up to her. Saul’s brother even warmed up to her, perhaps too much.

Vine became a housewife. She grew vegetables and took care of the house. She had a baby and named her Birdie. She got to see her family every once in a while, but they were forced off their land and had to go to North Carolina to live on the reservation. She missed her family terribly.

One day, Aaron, Saul’s brother, came onto Vine a bit too strong and he left. Saul had been gone to a nearby town working as a lumber boss for the war effort. The government needed all the turpentine they could get. Vine had to make do herself with Esme. They killed a pig themselves with a few other women in the area. Vine became good friends with a woman named Serena. Serena was there for her when nobody else was.

One day Aaron came back, with a wife, the wife looked an awfully lot like Vine. It was evident that Aaron wasn’t very happy with his new wife. It became even more evident when he would hit her. Things were not looking good for Aaron’s new wife.

One day Aaron came in on Vine when she was alone. Vine was forced to do something she really didn’t want to do. It was something she had to keep from her husband, her mother-in-law, and her sister-in-law, only Serena knew. The truth finally does come out, as it tends to do, and things aren’t as bad as they might have seemed.

What I liked

I liked this book because it was about someone who is Cherokee. As I have mentioned before, I am part Cherokee, although it’s not easy to tell with looking at me. The Cherokee people are part of my heritage and I like learning about them.

Vine was a very likable character. She was strong and could take care of things on her own. She knew how to take care of people and how to heal people with things growing in the wild.

She stood up for herself and her family in the face of discrimination and prejudice.

What I didn’t like

Honestly, this book was pretty good and I can’t really find anything not to like about it.


Vine is a good woman.

Weigh In

Do you think we tend to forget the injustices suffered by the Native Americans?

Do you think Vine’s life would have been happier had she married a Cherokee man?


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