Families come in all shapes, sizes, temperaments, and configurations. Novels that depict family life offer a glimpse into the beauty of everyday living, the struggles and joys of familial relationships, and the deep effects of strong intergenerational bonds.
Kinship and community are highly valued in many Indigenous Nations and cultures. Connections to each other and the world around us is something we are always aware of and considering. In Cherokee culture, the idea of gadugi, working together for the benefit of many, is one of our core values. It makes sense, then, that the Cherokee word for community is sgadugi.
The basis of family is connection, love, and support. These Native characters all have varying types of families, from divorced parents with little to no contact with one another to blended families to intergenerational households. Blended families, intergenerational families, found family—each valuable, each treasured, each important to represent.