From Award-winner Jack Cady comes a novel that is part murder-mystery, part classical tragedy, and part spiritual journey.
Set among the Cherokee of North Carolina in the 1950s, Inagehi is the story of a young woman who inherits a mountain and the mystery of her father’s death.
With themes as ancient as the existence of God and as modern as post-traumatic stress disorder, Inagehi answers that voice inside us all that asks how “it” all fits together. A work of uncommon power from a master craftsman.
Inagehi was a finalist for the Philip K. Dick Award.
“Cady has created a believable and resonant central character, and the Native Americans here are individuals, not stereotypes . . . Inagehi effects a taut blend of the mythical and emotional aspects of human life.”
“Inagehi evokes the Cherokee country of North Carolina, especially the forboding family mountain that Harriette Johnson [Named-By-Thunder] intends to reclaim as her legacy and heritage . . . This is Jack Cady at his best—powerful and haunting..”
“This story of one woman’s journey toward self, soul, and compassionate wisdom requires us to face primordial power in our own lives.”
—Patricia O’Connell Killen
“I do not know of any male writers who can write from a feminine point of view and pull it off so creatively and beautifully. Cady has also accurately prepresented the cultural tensions pulling at Native Americans, attempting to maintain their cultural and religioius identity while living as a minority in an aggresively ignorant, mostly uncaring, mostly racist Anglo culture.”
—Paul O. Ingram
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jack Cady won The Atlantic Monthly “First” award in 1965 for his story, “The Burning.” He continued writing and authored nearly a dozen novels, one book of critical analysis of American literature, and more than fifty short stories. Over the course of his literary career, he won the Iowa Prize for Short Fiction, the National Literary Anthology Award, the Washington State Governor’s Award, the Nebula Award, the Bram Stoker Award, and the World Fantasy Award.
Prior to a lengthy career in education, Jack worked as a tree high climber, a Coast Guard seaman, an auctioneer, and a long-distance truck driver. He held teaching positions at the University of Washington, Clarion College, Knox College, the University of Alaska at Sitka, and Pacific Lutheran University. He spent many years living in Port Townsend, Washington.