Clay's Quilt: A Novel

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Ballantine Books, 2001 - Fiction - 292 pages
3 Reviews
“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 Evangeli≠ 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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User Review  - jbarr5 - LibraryThing

Clay's quilt by Silas House Clay lost his mother to the attack and now works in the coal mine. He has many aunts that help as he's only 4 years old. He watches his uncle make quilts as he grows up and ... Read full review

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User Review  - Beth - Goodreads

I read this book cover to cover in a much-loved, yet seedy dive bar in my neighborhood in DC right after the Sept. 11. It comforted me with reminders of the looks and sounds of Kentucky. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
11
Section 2
29
Section 3
41
Section 4
51
Section 5
65
Section 6
76
Section 7
84
Section 8
93
Section 16
192
Section 17
202
Section 18
210
Section 19
221
Section 20
232
Section 21
239
Section 22
248
Section 23
252

Section 9
108
Section 10
127
Section 11
136
Section 12
148
Section 13
160
Section 14
173
Section 15
183
Section 24
257
Section 25
262
Section 26
267
Section 27
275
Section 28
284
Section 29
287
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