A wonderful story set in Appalachia. Clay, a coal miner, lost his mother when he was quite young but grows up in the heart of his family. The story starts with Clay as an adult, searching but not really understanding what he needs. The journey is deftly told, the characters achingly true. The author does a masterful job portraying a sense of place and culture, with love and respect. I loved the characters and would enjoy reading about them again. Thanks, House, for a lovely piece of work.
Very nicely written novel which takes place in Kentucky. Gives you a real feel for the Appalachians and the people who live there.
WOW! I was mesmerized from the beginning. The prose was flawless. Definitely one of the best books I have read about contemporary life in Appalachia as we enter the 21st century. The characters are so well developed, and the storyline is compelling. But, what struck me the most was the author's unwillingness to make apologies or gloss over the the ignorance, abuse and violence, at that time and place. His love of the mountains and it's people, its culture, the strength of the family, his presentation of his world is a gift I will long treasure, and pass to my loved ones. As Southern Living reviewer wrote: "a long love poem to the hills of Appalachia".
A fabulous book! I love this author, and not just because he's from KY either!
Nice read about the hills of Kentucky and the relationships among its three dimensional characters.
Very good story of those who live in the hills of Kentucky.If you like Lee Smith or Sandra Dallas this novel is for you. I really liked it!
Anyone interested in, or having roots in, the Appalachia Mountains will enjoy this book. The book takes one directly to the mountains from the very first page, "we ain't got no choice but to try now," The speaking patterns of the characters, excellent word choice and vivid description will draw you right into the story. Lovely story. We see the loyalty to family, the church, substance abuse and violence and also deep values and love for the region.
Thoroughly unexpected, but a brilliant read.
Absolutely wonderful story about a young boy whos mom dies and he then lives with his aunt and uncle. His growing up and the life he has in the south. This novel was so real, right down to the food they ate was interesting. His family was so real, it was like i wanted to live amist them too. I loved this book--you will too.
A great read. If you're a quilter and enjoy mountain tales you will love this book.
One of the best books I've ever read. You can feel the heart of each character. It is about life in Southern Applachia. The follow-up book is A PARCHMENT OF LEAVES and I highly recommend both reads. The 3rd in the series is on my wish list.
This is an excellent author and I think he will become one of our classics.
I really enjoyed this book. The characters were well developed and you really wanted everything to work out well. I would recommend it.
I thought the story read a little slow - but nice reading. The family is based in the Southern traditions with love and sorrow. It's a story of how emotions emerge from within the inner self.
The death of a mother, emerging love, and realization of life's slow but eventual twists and turns.
"Clay's Quilt" along with "The Coal Tatoo", both by Silas House are 2 of my favorite books.
I didn't expect to enjoy this book but I really did. The vernacular sounded true instead of grating, like I thought it might. I recommend this and will look up more of House's work.
Swapped this book for my daughter whp is becoming a CNM (certified nurse midwife). This is for her bookcase. It will not be reposted.