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‘Tho I Be Mute

Release Date: 07/13/2021


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In 1856, Clarinda Ridge has returned to her Cherokee home. Through a night’s torrential storm, she reads her parent’s love story, authored by her own hand.

Her father, Cherokee, John Ridge, attends the Foreign Mission School, a Connecticut academy for intelligent Indians in 1818. Because of recurring illness, he meets the steward’s daughter, Sarah, who nurses him. Despite her pious parents and the protests of Cornwall’s residents, the two fall in love and marry in 1824.

Bringing his bride home to the Appalachians, John, now a lawyer and member of the Cherokee Legislative Council, intercedes against the U.S. government’s Indian Agents to prevent the removal of neighboring Creek Nation in an attempt to build sovereignty for his own people.

Sarah, leaves the hamlet of Cornwall, Connecticut to make a home in a culture foreign to her. She befriends Honey, half-Cherokee and half-slave, belonging to the Ridge family. Pregnant with their first child, Sarah faces captivity from white squatters, trades her freedom for Honey’s life, and inadvertently, forces John to abandon his adopted white culture and return to his Cherokee heritage to find her and bring her home.

About This Author

As an English educator, Heather Miller has spent twenty-three years teaching her students the author's craft. Now, she’s writing it herself, hearing voices from the past. Miller's foundation began in the theatre, through performance storytelling. She can tap dance, stage-slap someone, and sing every note from Les Miserables. Her favorite role is that of a fireman's wife and mom to three: a trumpet player, a future civil-engineer, and a future Orthopedic P.A. There's only one English major in her house. While polishing her future manuscripts, she’s also working towards her M.FA. in Creative Writing. Heather's corn dog dachshund, Sadie, deserves an honorary degree.

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