When two feathers fell from the sky

by Verble, Margaret,

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Summary
Louise Erdrich meets Karen Russell in this deliciously strange and daringly original novel from Pulitzer Prize finalist Margaret Verble: set in 1926 Nashville, it follows a death-defying young Cherokee horse-diver who, with her companions from the Glendale Park Zoo, must get to the bottom of a mystery that spans centuries.





Two Feathers, a young Cherokee horse-diver on loan to Glendale Park Zoo from a Wild West show, is determined to find her own way in the world. Two's closest friend at Glendale is Hank Crawford, who loves horses almost as much as she does. He is part of a high-achieving, land-owning Black family. Neither Two nor Hank fit easily into the highly segregated society of 1920s Nashville.



When disaster strikes during one of Two's shows, strange things start to happen at the park. Vestiges of the ancient past begin to surface, apparitions appear, and then the hippo falls mysteriously ill. At the same time, Two dodges her unsettling, lurking admirer and bonds with Clive, Glendale's zookeeper and a World War I veteran, who is haunted--literally--by horrific memories of war. To get to the bottom of it, an eclectic cast of park performers, employees, and even the wealthy stakeholders must come together, making When Two Feathers Fell from the Sky an unforgettable and irresistible tale of exotic animals, lingering spirits, and unexpected friendship.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "At the Glendale Park Zoo outside of Nashville in 1926, Two Feathers, who is Cherokee, and her diving horse, Ocher, are among the biggest attractions. One day, Two and Ocher fall through the pool into the caves beneath--caves that are actually pillaged Native American burial grounds. Shell-shocked zoo manager Clive Lovett rescues her with the help of one of his cousins, who died in a trench in Europe years ago. While Two recovers, Little Elk, a Cherokee spirit from precolonial times, watches over her. Despite these supernatural elements, Verble (Cherokee America, 2019) has constructed a vivid world rooted in its time period: the Scopes trial rages on, the zoo owner is haunted by his Civil War boyhood, and racist attitudes of the day prevail, even among the most well-meaning. Even the secondary characters are richly drawn, giving life to romantic (and not-so-romantic) subplots and the deep friendship between Two and Crawford, a Black horse handler. Themes of death, belonging, and our distance from the past make this a good choice for book groups who like historical fiction. This utterly memorable, beautifully written story will linger with readers."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "In this richly imagined historical from Pulitzer finalist Verble (for Maud's Line), a young Cherokee woman performs as a horse-diver at an amusement park in Nashville, Tenn. It's 1926, and automobiles and movies are starting to make electric streetcars and live-entertainment venues obsolete, but Two Feathers's novelty act is still a big draw at Glendale Park, built at the end of a trolley line. One day, as Two Feathers and her horse are performing, a giant sinkhole opens up and swallows them. Two's beloved mare, Ocher, dies in the fall, and Two's leg is broken. With her act no longer possible and her future uncertain, Two recuperates in her dormitory. Her friends rally to her side, notably Hank Crawford, the descendant of enslaved people and a plantation owner. But owning land and having light skin don't guarantee protection from the deadly dangers of Jim Crow, and Verble shows how Crawford takes various matters into his own hands rather than go to the racist police. Visions of the departed haunt many of these characters, and the dead have an impact on the present. When a hippo dies and a beloved bear cub is found dead, Two discerns how and why they were killed, and, later, after a man is found scalped, prejudice leads some to suspect Two of the murder. Verble beautifully weaves period details with the cast's histories, and enthralls with the supernatural elements, which are made as real for the reader as they are for the characters. This lands perfectly. (Oct.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Nineteen twenties -- Fiction.
Indians of North America -- Fiction.
Cherokee women -- Fiction.
Nashville (Tenn.) -- Fiction.
Historical fiction.
Publisher Boston :2021
Language English
Description xii, 365 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN 9780358554837
0358554837
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