Clay's Quilt: A Novel

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Ballantine Books, 2001 - Fiction - 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 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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