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Clay's Quilt This Appalachian novel is the story of a young miner, Clay Size, growing up in the hills of Kentucky He s wild, but kind of heart, and early in the novel he falls hard for Alma, a gifted fiddler They both have baggage Alma is still married to an abusive husband, and in her family s Pentecostal religion, getting a divorce is taboo Clay s life mirrors that of his mother Anneth, who lived a wild, free life until she was killed on a snowy mountain when Clay was only four He loves his tight This Appalachian novel is the story of a young miner, Clay Size, growing up in the hills of Kentucky He s wild, but kind of heart, and early in the novel he falls hard for Alma, a gifted fiddler They both have baggage Alma is still married to an abusive husband, and in her family s Pentecostal religion, getting a divorce is taboo Clay s life mirrors that of his mother Anneth, who lived a wild, free life until she was killed on a snowy mountain when Clay was only four He loves his tight knit family dearly, but is haunted by the memory of a mother he barely remembers Aunts, uncles, cousins, and another family from the same mountain Clay s best friend Cake and his oddly withdrawn mother make a vivid secondary cast.I loved this novel for its families that are doing the best they can, for its tormented loves and friendships, for its depiction of people living close to the land, and its connections to music There s not a cell phone or an Internet connection in the novel, and it was refreshing.I came to care deeply for the characters and would like to readabout them If I had the capability, I would give this 4.5 stars some of the ending didn t quite connect, feeling a bit like short stories tacked onto the rest of the book I wanted to knowabout some aspects of the characters what was Clay s work like for him What did the others do for a living What made some of the secondary characters the people they were It s not necessarily a bad thing that one wants to knowat the end of the book, it shows that the author had you hooked, but it s still frustrating I think I will have to readby House 3.75 Saturated with House s dreamy lush prose Their lovemaking was tangled and moist, like summer vines a wild mess of arms and legs, warm skin against cool, Clay s silver St Christopher necklace mingling with Alma s gold chain and small, plain cross The room was thick with milky gray shadows, and the window was a silver square in the wall and pages that transport the reader down country roads, to the mountains and music, to the love of family and home, in Appalachia. After his mother is killed, four year old Clay Size finds himself alone in a small Appalachian mining town At first, unsure of Free Creek, he slowly learns to lean on its residents as family There s Aunt Easter, who is always filled with a sense of foreboding, bound to her faith above all quiltmaking Uncle Paul untamable Evangeline and Alma, the fiddler whose song wends it way into Clay s heart Together, they help Clay fashion a quilt of a life from what treasured pieces surround him This is the debut novel by Silas House Set in the Kentucky hills Clay Size is a young coal miner from a big family and small town His mother died when he was only 4 yrs old and he was raised by his Aunt Easter amongst his uncles and cousins, and extended family in the holler Clay and his best friend Cake work hard and spend time at the local honky..they both wantout of life then working and partying.He meets a young fiddler named Alma, who is separated from her abusive husband..an This is the debut novel by Silas House Set in the Kentucky hills Clay Size is a young coal miner from a big family and small town His mother died when he was only 4 yrs old and he was raised by his Aunt Easter amongst his uncles and cousins, and extended family in the holler Clay and his best friend Cake work hard and spend time at the local honky..they both wantout of life then working and partying.He meets a young fiddler named Alma, who is separated from her abusive husband..and just knows that she is his future but this comes with problems of its own.This novel is so beautifully written, it s like a love letter to home, to family, to Kentucky I love this author s writing This is third novel I ve read of his Southernmost is very good, Parchment of Leaves is excellent the next book of his I ll read will be The Coal Tattoo I began with Silas House s A Parchment of Leaves because it had won prizes for Southern writing Winner of the Kentucky Novel of the Year, 2003 Winner of the Award for Special Achievement from the Fellowship of Southern Writers Nominee of the Southern Book Critics Circle Prize Nominee of the Book Sense Book of the Year Longlist It had a strong impact on me My overall impression was that it was beautiful The writing was gorgeous and at the same time simple and expressive It wonderfully captur I began with Silas House s A Parchment of Leaves because it had won prizes for Southern writing Winner of the Kentucky Novel of the Year, 2003 Winner of the Award for Special Achievement from the Fellowship of Southern Writers Nominee of the Southern Book Critics Circle Prize Nominee of the Book Sense Book of the Year Longlist It had a strong impact on me My overall impression was that it was beautiful The writing was gorgeous and at the same time simple and expressive It wonderfully captures the essence of the rural South, the land and the people The same is true here This contemporary author is talented I have given the first book five stars, this book three and will soon be reading The Coal Tattoo The past lives of two of the central characters in Clay s Quilt are explored in The Coal Tattoo Nevertheless, the three books are stand alones Clay s Quilt draws life in southern Appalachia, a small mining village in Kentucky Most of the events roll out in the 1980s Clay is the central character In 1974, his mother, Anneth, dies He is only four, and thus the circumstances around her death are blurry We come to understand past events and observe how he comes to find his own place in the village Much is about a person s sense of home This theme does not fit me well since I have lived in many different places and appreciate having done so I found Clay s personal life story to be unremarkable This explains why I gave the book only three stars even though I found the descriptive writing exceptional I enjoyed getting a glimpse of Southern rural life Pentecostal beliefs, superstitions, traditions tied to marriage, birth and death as well as contemporary issues concerning drugs, physical abuse and excessive drinking all play in There is sadness and there is joy and love and hate The narrator of the audiobook is Tom Stechschulte I could easily follow the story and the southern dialect comes across well, but I felt he over dramatized the written lines I just returned from a week long nerd summer camp dream called The Appalachian Writer s Conference held the first week of August at the Hindman Settlement School in Hindman, KY It was a mazing I didn t speak much with the star pupil to come out of this workshop, Silas House, but I watched him from a short distance over the week He s not a big man, but boy does he have an enormous voice, both on the page and out loud He read from his latest work, a novel in letters between two young people, o I just returned from a week long nerd summer camp dream called The Appalachian Writer s Conference held the first week of August at the Hindman Settlement School in Hindman, KY It was a mazing I didn t speak much with the star pupil to come out of this workshop, Silas House, but I watched him from a short distance over the week He s not a big man, but boy does he have an enormous voice, both on the page and out loud He read from his latest work, a novel in letters between two young people, one living in the mountains of Appalachia and one living as the daughter of recent immigrants in New York City Same Sun Here, co written with Neela Vaswani.His debut novel, Clay s Quilt, was work shopped at this conference And it s fabulous I m fresh off the last page and want to read it again The writing is deeply felt, so moving, so fresh, so easy on the eye and ear but hard on the heart, like all good writing ought to be The story is of humble origins boy meets girl, boy gets girl, conflict arises, boy triumphs Scenes of drunken honkytonks and poker melt into images of cornbread burning in an oven while the couple who stirred up the batter are stirring up the dust on the kitchen floor And while I d love to tell you it is elegant, what I have to say is that it is brutally beautiful House was generous with his time and ear during the writer s conference I saw him commune with writers of every level and aspiration with an equally keen expression This is why I love getting to know the artists behind this magic House s book is so alive beneath my fingers now that I ve heard him speak with his own brilliant, beautiful, tender voice Edit A good writing style makes this coming of age story interesting and nice It touched on the right notes, warmed my spirits among this nice Appalachian family, but failed to move me enough to be truly memorable For most it would be a 4 if you re looking for a quiet read Nice scenes of hiking the hills and admiring nature This has a nice family feeling to it even acknowledging the bit of violent drama at its core. This is one of my top five all time favorite books I ve never read better written southerners than the characters Silas House has created Not just Clay s Quilt but all of his books The prose flows flawlessly and you feel like you are truly in the rural south One of the best examples of Appalachian literature I ve ever read. Clays Quilt , was first published in 2001.It s the first book of a trilogy yet, from my understanding the books can be read in any order each complete as a stand alone A Parchment of Leaves , and The Coal Tattoo are the other two books in the series I read with total bliss the absolutely wonderful novel, Southernmost , a standalone , published in 2018 , about a year ago so I was excited to read another book by Silas House Clay s Quilt was good plenty good , but not Clays Quilt , was first published in 2001.It s the first book of a trilogy yet, from my understanding the books can be read in any order each complete as a stand alone A Parchment of Leaves , and The Coal Tattoo are the other two books in the series I read with total bliss the absolutely wonderful novel, Southernmost , a standalone , published in 2018 , about a year ago so I was excited to read another book by Silas House Clay s Quilt was good plenty good , but not as incredible as Southernmost.Yet it s easy to be forgiving because this novel was written many years before it was House s debut novel Don t get me wrong I liked this book I love how I felt strengthened from the stitching of the story as if we, the readers, got to be part of the finished product I definitely plan to read the other two books in this series Clay s Quilt is a blend of poetic writing gorgeous descriptions of a small town in the mountain region in rural coal county in Eastern Kentucky..and the raw tension of the residents who live there Great Uncle Paul was the family quilter.Aunt Ester, and Uncle Gabe had a a close hand in raising Clay Size Clay s mother, Anneth, was murdered when Clay was four years of age Having lost a parent myself at the same age as Clay, not murder though thank god , I felt I understood the inner turmoil that remained unsettling as Clay came of age It was moving to watch Clay mature.He was sweet sensitive and had his shortcomings like the rest of us Other characters cousins, and other community folks round out the storytelling At age 18, Clay takes a job in the coal mines It s there that he falls in love with Alma a fiddler preachers daughter Their relationship is threatened with obstacles that will test their love, loyalty, happiness, and safety Alma is a great character and because of her, Clay and she , examine together a deeper understanding for the value of family and community Silas House s writing invites moments to pause for gorgeous reflection.Just under 300 pages, it s filled with tragedy, deaths, murder , love falling in love , healing, redemption, family, community, music, religion, faith, authentic dialect, coal dust, scraps of cloth, and mountain people.Silas House pays great tribute to the Appalachianit s a story that resonates today Stitched with love and soulful prose this story echoes and reflects the beauties and flaws of life.Silas House writes with the observant capacity of a God Forsaken angel A treasure to be handed down from one Reeder to another BookPage 4.5 rating up Dance a little closer to me, dance a little closer nowDance a little closer tonightDance a little closer to me, hey it s closing timeAnd love s on sale tonight at this five and dime Rita was sixteen years, hazel eyes and chestnut hairShe really made the Woolworth counter shineEddie was a sweet romancer, and a darn good dancerAnd they d waltz the aisles of the five and dimeLove at the Five and Dime, Kathy Mattea, Songwriters Nanci GriffithClay knew that the mountains looked purple uDance a little closer to me, dance a little closer nowDance a little closer tonightDance a little closer to me, hey it s closing timeAnd love s on sale tonight at this five and dime Rita was sixteen years, hazel eyes and chestnut hairShe really made the Woolworth counter shineEddie was a sweet romancer, and a darn good dancerAnd they d waltz the aisles of the five and dimeLove at the Five and Dime, Kathy Mattea, Songwriters Nanci GriffithClay knew that the mountains looked purple under that big, moving sky, but they didn t look still at all to him They seemed to be breathing rising so slowly, so carefully, that no one noticed but him He watched them, concentrating the way he did when he was convinced a shadow had moved across his bedroom wall It seemed to Clay that they rose and fell with a single pulse, as if the whole mountain chain was connected Clay Size is a coal miner, living on a mountain in Tennessee that has housed his family for generations His family are simple people with simple needs, and it seemed when I first began this story that it could have been in the 1920s or earlier, or any time, really, if it weren t for the references to the 1990s music Clay likes to listen to He was a young child when his mother died, and his family is tightly bound together His memories of that are dim, but he remembers the last thing he heard her sayShe pressed her face to the window, leaning her forehead against the cold glass I ain t never seen it so quiet on this mountain, she saidHis family is everything to him, and when he meets Alma Asher, a fiddler, it isn t long before he realizes that he wants to make her a part of his family, as well All these characters, who are indeed characters, likable, lovable, sweet, and some violent, unlikeable ones, but they are never uninteresting In this, his debut, House s writing shows the promise that I found in his latest, Southernmost I m looking forward to reading hisA Parchment of Leaves very soon


About the Author: Silas House

Silas House is the nationally bestselling author of five novels Clay s Quilt, 2001 A Parchment of Leaves, 2003 The Coal Tattoo, 2005 Eli the Good, 2009 and Same Sun Here co authored with Neela Vaswani 2012 as well as a book of creative nonfiction Something s Rising, co authored with Jason Howard, 2009 and three plays The Hurting Part 2005 , This Is My Heart for You 2012 , and In These Fields, with Sam Gleaves, 2016 His work frequently appears in The New York Times and Salon He is former commentator for NPR s All Things Considered His writing has appeared in Oxford American, Narrative, Blackbird, Newsday, as well as in anthologies such as Best Food Writing, 2015 and New Stories From the South, The Year s Best 2004 House serves on the fiction faculty at the Spalding MFA in Creative Writing and as the NEH Chair at Berea College As a music writer House has worked for and with artists such as Lee Ann Womack, Kris Kristofferson, Lucinda Williams, Jason Isbell, The Judds, Jim James, and many others He is the recipient of three honorary doctorates and is the winner of the Nautilus Award, an EB White Award, the Appalachian Book of the Year, the Jesse Stuart Award, the Lee Smith Award, and many other honors.


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