Maud’s Line

Eastern Oklahoma, 1928. Eighteen-year-old Maud Nail lives with her rogue father and sensitive brother on one of the allotments parceled out by the U.S. Government to the Cherokees when their land was confiscated for Oklahoma’s statehood. In MAUD’S LINE (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, on sale: July 14, 2015), Margaret Verble’s headstrong and magnetic Maud dreams of escaping the loneliness and tedium of farm life for something more, even as her days are filled with hard work and simple pleasures—and often marked by violence and tragedy. Her prospects for a better life are slim, but when the handsome newcomer Booker Wakefield rides down her section line, she takes notice. Soon she finds herself facing a series of high-stakes decisions that will determine her future and those of her loved ones. Warmth and verve infuse every page of Margaret Verble’s vivid debut, and Maud herself shines as a revealing reminder of the measures enterprising women have always had to take to improve their circumstances in life. MAUD’S LINE will sit on the bookshelf alongside novels by Jim Harrison, Louise Erdrich, Sherman Alexie, and other beloved chroniclers of the American West and its people.

Meet the Author

MARGARET VERBLE, an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, has set her novel on her family’s allotment land. She currently lives in Lexington, Kentucky and Old Windsor, England.