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MARGARET VERBLE. Cherokee America.

MARGARET VERBLE. Cherokee America. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Hardcover, 400 pages, $27, hmhbooks.com

Set in 1875 and based on the lives of real people, this often humorous, post-Civil War epic of the American frontier explores family and cultural bonds and clashes in the old Cherokee Nation West. The cast of many colors is anchored by the clever and strong central character, Cherokee America Singer.