Our Next UNCG Alumni and Friends Book Club Selection Is "Even As We Breathe: A Novel" by Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle

"Even As We Breathe: A Novel" by Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle is our next UNCG Alumni and Friends Book Club selection for May, June and July!

"Even As We Breathe" is the first novel published by an enrolled member of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation and was included on several end-of-year lists for the best books of 2020.  A startlingly elegant debut, our latest book club selection launches readers into the world of nineteen-year-old Cowney Sequoyah in Cherokee, North Carolina, the reservation home of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation.

This selection is sure to engage our book club community in wonderful conversation, so don’t miss out! Be sure to get a copy of it in your preferred format. Visit Goodreads to learn more about the book and author, to check out reader reviews or to see buying options.

"Even As We Breathe: A Novel" is the perfect book to help us look toward summer as we follow Cowney Sequoyah, our stoic narrator. Cowney's summer takes him from the heart of the Smokey Mountains to Asheville for a summer job at the Grove Park Inn and Resort that offers a less-than-luxurious experience for Cowney. This book is more substantive than your typical summer beach read but is just as satisfying. 

Join the UNCG Alumni and Friends book club today! The UNCG Alumni and Friends book club is co-sponsored by the UNCG Alumni Association, the UNCG Bryan School of Business and Economics and UNCG University Libraries

Suggested Reading Schedule:

  • By June 10, finish reading the Prologue - Chapter 4
  • By June 17, Chapters 5 - 10
  • By June 24, Chapters 11 - 15
  • By July 8, Chapters 16 - 20
  • By July 22, finish reading the book and join our end-of-book discussion!

About the Author:

Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle, an enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and resides in Qualla, NC with her husband, Evan and sons Ross and Charlie. She holds degrees from Yale University and the College of William and Mary. Her debut novel, Even As We Breathe, was released by the University Press of Kentucky in 2020, a finalist for the Weatherford Award and named one of NPR’s Best Books of 2020. Her first novel manuscript, Going to Water is winner of the Morning Star Award for Creative Writing from the Native American Literature Symposium (2012) and a finalist for the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction (2014). Clapsaddle’s work has appeared in Yes! Magazine, Lit Hub, Smoky Mountain Living Magazine, South Writ Large and The Atlantic. After serving as executive director of the Cherokee Preservation Foundation, Annette returned to teaching at Swain County High School. She is the former co-editor of the Journal of Cherokee Studies and serves on the board of trustees for the North Carolina Writers Network.