• August 1st, 2023

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The University of Alabama Honors College has selected “When Two Feathers Fell from the Sky” by Margaret Verble for its 2023-2024 Common Book Experience.

“When Two Feathers Fell from the Sky” 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. The book has received a lot of good reviews. For instance, Book Riot said today (Nov. 3, 2021) “A blend of historical fiction and magical realism makes this an unforgettable story.”

One of the Ten Best Adult Books of the Year, Booklist (American Library Association) Dec. 2021.

Margaret Verble is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation and a member of a large Cherokee family that has, through generations, made many contributions to the tribe’s history and survival. Although many of her family have remained in Oklahoma to this day, and some still own and farm the land on which two of her books are set, Verble was raised in Nashville, Tennessee, and currently lives in Lexington, Kentucky.

“In Verble’s work of historical fiction, she introduces us to Two Feathers, a young Cherokee woman, her horse Ocher and a cast of characters in the Prohibition-Era American South,” said Dr. Anne Franklin Lamar, Honors Year One Director. “As we read, “Two Feathers Fell from the Sky” together, we’ll explore their stories from multiple points of view and discuss how identity, place and history in this text help us better understand and analyze our shared histories and our own world.”
The Honors Common Book is chosen by a campus-wide committee composed of faculty and staff. It is read by all first-year students in the Honors College, and is discussed by freshmen, faculty and mentors, both inside and outside of the classroom.

To learn more about Margaret Verble and this fascinating book, click here.

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