Title – Tapestry
Author – Beth Duke
Genre – Literary fiction
Skye wants to find out about the father she never knew – a soldier posted in Afghanistan who passed away when she was a toddler. His family never kept in touch, and Skye is determined to track down her long-lost paternal relatives. Giving her company in her DNA testing endeavors is her grandmother Sparrow, who believes she has descended from Native Americans and is curious about her own Creek ancestry. Granddaughter and grandmother embark on an adventure of sorts to find out about their roots. Because who are we without the ones who came before us?
In another storyline, Pete and his wife Kara are facing legal troubles over the construction of a pipeline and opposition by the locals. Pete was born in Oklahoma and moved out as an adult. Now he’s back to the home of his childhood. Should he destroy it for business, or preserve his heritage?
Two seemingly unrelated stories alternate between chapters, as Beth Duke takes the reader on a lyrical journey of home and family. Last year I had read a book on genealogy called The Wind Chime by Alexandra Walsh, and found it intriguing in how ancestry is traced through science. We get to know the forefathers we never knew, whose blood and spirit run in our veins. True to its name, Tapestry weaves a wonderful narrative of multiple stitches over the fabric of a story. The two main segments are beautiful in themselves, and Beth interlinks them into a larger canvas – just like the stories of our lives.
Filled with humor and heartbreak, folklore and legend, memories of the past and realities of the present, Tapestry stitches together a memorable reading experience in its melodic and poetic quality. Enriching and entertaining, highly recommended for those who love history and culture, and for readers who enjoy beautifully written literature that’s also well researched. It has a lot to offer about the Muscogee Nation and Africatown. And I absolutely love the cover!
My rating – 5/5
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Beth Duke lives in the mountains of her native Alabama with her husband, one real dog, and one ornamental dog. She loves reading, writing, and not arithmetic. Baking is a hobby, with semi-pro cupcakes and amateur macarons a specialty. And puns – the worse, the better. Travel is her other favorite thing, along with joining book groups for discussion. If a personal visit isn’t possible, she is fluent in Zoom.
She can be reached at:
Website : bethduke.com
Thanks to Zooloo’s Book Tours and Beth Duke for having me on board the blog tour of Tapestry, and for sharing a copy of the book.
Twitter : https://twitter.com/bethidee