That journey ends in the death of Clay's mother. It's a day that comes to haunt her only son, who's left without a family and a history. This is the story of how Clay Sizemore, a coal miner in love with his town but unsure of his place within it, finds a family to call his own.
And it's the story of the people who become part of the life he shapes: Aunt Easter, always filled with a sense of foreboding and bound to her faith above all; Uncle Paul, quietly producing quilt after quilt; Dreama, beautiful and flighty; Evangeline, the untameable daughter of a famous gospel singer; and Alma, the fiddler whose song wends its way into Clay's heart. Together, they all help Clay to fashion a quilt of a life from what treasured pieces are around him.
Authentic and moving, Clay's Quilt is both the story of a young man's journey and of Appalachian people struggling to hold on to their heritage.
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Typically, I do my own book reviews of manuscripts by Kentucky Authors, but a good friend of mine – Mitch Holbrook – has written such a beautiful tour through the first book by Silas House, “Clay’s Quilt.” With his permission I give you a Kentucky Author review of Clay’s Quilt.Jul 26 2011 | Read Full Review of Clay's Quilt
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At the same time, though, he inhabits a parallel world whose roots go back centuries: a world where pregnant women can't touch a man's wounds for fear of "marking" the baby, and churchgoing ladies have regular visitations from the spirits of the dead, where brush-arbor hymns and Barbara Allen ar...Aug 05 2001 | Read Full Review of Clay's Quilt
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