Stealing: A Novel (Hardcover)

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A gripping, gut-punch of a novel about a Cherokee child removed from her family and sent to a Christian boarding school in the 1950s—an ambitious, eye-opening reckoning of history and small-town prejudices from Pulitzer Prize finalist Margaret Verble. 

Since her mother’s death, Kit Crockett has lived with her grief-stricken father, spending lonely days far out in the country tending the garden, fishing in a local stream, and reading Nancy Drew mysteries from the library bookmobile.  One day when Kit discovers a mysterious and beautiful woman has moved in just down the road, she is intrigued.

Kit and her new neighbor Bella become fast friends. Both outsiders, they take comfort in each other’s company. But malice lurks near their quiet bayou and Kit suddenly finds herself at the center of tragic, fatal crime.  Soon, Kit is ripped from her home and Cherokee family and sent to Ashley Lordard, a religious boarding school. Along with the other Native students, Kit is stripped of her heritage, force-fed Christian indoctrination, and is sexually abused by the director. But Kit, as strong-willed and shrewd as ever, secretly keeps a journal recounting what she remembers—and revealing just what she has forgotten. Over the course of Stealing, she slowly unravels the truth of how she ended up at the school—and plots a way out. 

In swift, sharp, and stunning prose, Margaret Verble spins a powerful coming-of age tale and reaffirms her place as an indelible storyteller and chronicler of history.

About the Author

MARGARET VERBLE is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation. Her first novel, Maud’s Line, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Her second novel, Cherokee America, has recently been listed by the New York Times as one of the 100 Notable Books of the Year for 2019. She lives in Lexington, Kentucky.


Praise For…

“Verble is an immensely gifted writer…a compelling novel from an author who writes with sensitivity and compassion.” — NPR on When Two Feathers Fell from the Sky

 “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.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review) on When Two Feathers Fell from the Sky

 “Through a joyful interweaving of pragmatic storytelling and spiritual realism, Pulitzer Prize finalist Margaret Verble breathes life into a bygone era…Combining meticulous research, a fresh point-of-view and vivid imagery, Verble’s third novel does what historical fiction does best: folds a compelling story into a snapshot of time before life changed.” — Atlanta Journal-Constitution on When Two Feathers Fell from the Sky

“In this fun, entertaining and highly informative historical novel, award-winning author Margaret Verble, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, surrounds Two Feathers' story with a concise history of the area and an in-depth look at the social culture and mores of the times… [Verble] will have you believing and cheering...Great fun.” — Florida Times-Union on When Two Feathers Fell from the Sky

“Alternatively funny and touching, this novel has a distinctly original and unconventional feel.” — Ms. Magazine on When Two Feathers Fell from the Sky

“[An] expansive and well-researched historical work.” — Buzzfeed

 “Fans of Karen Russell will love this spellbinding new story from Pulitzer Prize–finalist Margaret Verble.”   — Country Living 

“A compelling, haunting read full of history.” — Alma

"This utterly memorable, beautifully written story will linger with readers." — Booklist (starred review)

"An ambitious novel that’s impressive in its scope and concept: Glendale Park Zoo and the 101 are rife with narrative possibility and give the author a chance to examine a fascinating cross section of race and class." — Kirkus Reviews

Effectively deploying her diverse cast of characters, Verble—an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma—captures the complex social interactions of the time. From race relations to social class to working conditions, Verble addresses key issues while spinning her ghost story around the fictionalized employees of a park that actually existed...Readers of general fiction will enjoy. — Library Journal

"A remarkably fresh, beautifully written novel...This is a substantial book, hard to put down." — Worcester Magazine  

Two Feathers Fell from the Sky is a rich and lively novel, steeped in place and history. Verble’s meticulous research and generosity of spirit shine through, lending her characters and their adventures a fullness that lingers.”  — Kelli Jo Ford, author of Crooked Hallelujah and winner of the Plimpton Prize

“Verble has given historical fiction lovers a real gift.” — New York Times Book Review

“Margaret Verble is an exceptional storyteller.”  — Ron Rash, author of Serena 

“[Margaret Verble] gives careful consideration to place, having spent a lot of time on these lands, rivers, and streams, and through direct encounters with all the inhabitants of this place—both people and animals, their natures and behaviors. This is all rich source material that informs her writing.”  — National Museum of the American Indian magazine 

Product Details
ISBN: 9780063267053
ISBN-10: 0063267055
Publisher: Mariner Books
Publication Date: February 7th, 2023
Pages: 256
Language: English