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Clay's Quilt (Ballantine Reader's Circle)
by Silas House

Published: 2002-02-26
Paperback : 292 pages
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“A YOUNG WRITER OF IMMENSE GIFTS . . . One of the best books I have ever read about contemporary life in the mountains of southern Appalachia. . . . I could see and feel Free Creek, and the mountain above it.”
–LEE SMITH

After his mother is killed, four-year-old Clay Sizemore finds ...
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“A YOUNG WRITER OF IMMENSE GIFTS . . . One of the best books I have ever read about contemporary life in the mountains of southern Appalachia. . . . I could see and feel Free Creek, and the mountain above it.”
–LEE SMITH

After his mother is killed, four-year-old Clay Sizemore 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. . . .

“A long love poem to the hills of Kentucky. It flows with Appalachian music, religion, and that certain knowledge that your people will always hold you close. . . . Like the finely stitched quilts that Clay’s Uncle Paul labors over, the author sews a flawless seam of folks who love their home and each other.”
–Southern Living

“Unpretentious and clear-eyed . . . A tale whose joys are as legitimate as its sorrows.”
The Roanoke Times

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  "Another great one from Mr. Silas House"by BookDivasReads (see profile) 11/29/12

My first exposure to Silas House was with A PARCHMENT OF LEAVES. After reading it I promptly put his other books on my TBR list but sadly had only read ELI THE GOOD before our book club chose CLAY'S QUILT.... (read more)

 
  "This novel gives a realistic look into the lives of the mountain people of Kentucky and the mindset they maintain. Well-written."by DaniCaraveo (see profile) 04/16/09

 
  "much to discuss"by npfiacco (see profile) 04/16/09

Clay's Quilt is a story of people and place; both are described beautifully, thus drawing the reader into this world. There is much to discuss (as well as learn and understand) about the Appalachian culture.... (read more)

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