Even as We Breathe


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Fireside Industries
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6.2 X 9.0 X 0.9 inches | 1.05 pounds

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About the Author

Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle, an enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI), holds degrees from Yale University and the College of William and Mary. Her work Going to Water won the Morning Star Award for Creative Writing from the Native American Literature Symposium and was a finalist for the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction. She is coeditor of the Journal of Cherokee Studies and serves on the board of trustees for the North Carolina Writers' Network. She resides in Qualla, North Carolina.


"[A] groundbreaking first novel from Cherokee writer Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle...The distinct features of Cowney's Qualla Boundary home, where a freed circus capuchin explores the treelines, a mystical waterfall cave waits in the mist, and fires and outsiders are a constant annoyance, glitter among the book's mysteries and surprises.... Avoided family truths become a source of freedom in [this] fascinating historical novel." -- Foreword Reviews

"Clapsaddle's lush debut thrusts 19-year-old Cowney Sequoyah into WWII intrigue...The clear, crisp prose hums consistently as the intricate story easily moves along and new details about Cowney's family's past emerge. Both an astonishing addition to WWII and Native American literature, this novel sings on every level." -- starred Publishers Weekly

"Clapsaddle's words have an easy grace, but they work hard, often pulling double-duty.... Even As We Breathe is shot through with deluxe use of image....There is a sweetness...in Annette's work that is neither finicky nor too sweet -- it is an even sweetness, rich and sustaining, born of loving ground. " -- Robert Gipe Blog

" Even as We Breathe slowly builds from a seemingly simple tale of first love into a meditation on the deepest mysteries and contradictions of human existence. The novel's final paragraph is a particular marvel, rippling back through the book and carrying the reader with it into the sublime. Annette Clapsaddle is an exceptional writer, and an important voice in Appalachia's literature." -- Ron Rash