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Clay's Quilt by Silas House (review)

Clay's Quilt by Silas House (review) for the publisher. The stories in this collection represent his most unforgettable sketches after the "curing." It is a long overdue assembly of Jesse Stuart at his best. But it's been worth the wait. --Marshall Myers House, Silas. Clay's Quilt. Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin, 2001. 304 pages. Hardcover, $22.95. Author Silas House has chosen an appropriate metaphor to title his first novel: CZay's Quilt is the story of a young man trying to stitch together his personal history in a way that makes sense. Coming of age in the rural, mining culture of Eastern Kentucky, protagonist Clay Sizemore's life has more tough angles and strange strips of cloth than most of us can imagine. Clay's mother Anneth was "the wildest woman in Crowe County, Kentucky" (17), and his father was a soldier she met two days before he shipped off to die in Vietnam. Glenn, Clay's stepfather, died an equally untimely death by drowning--but only after murdering Anneth and the friends who were helping her leave him. Clay's only memory of this incident was a dream "of blood on the snow, blood so thick that it ran slow like syrup and lay in stripes across the whiteness, as http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Appalachian Review University of North Carolina Press

Clay's Quilt by Silas House (review)

Appalachian Review , Volume 29 (2) – Jan 8, 2001

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for the publisher. The stories in this collection represent his most unforgettable sketches after the "curing." It is a long overdue assembly of Jesse Stuart at his best. But it's been worth the wait. --Marshall Myers House, Silas. Clay's Quilt. Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin, 2001. 304 pages. Hardcover, $22.95. Author Silas House has chosen an appropriate metaphor to title his first novel: CZay's Quilt is the story of a young man trying to stitch together his personal history in a way that makes sense. Coming of age in the rural, mining culture of Eastern Kentucky, protagonist Clay Sizemore's life has more tough angles and strange strips of cloth than most of us can imagine. Clay's mother Anneth was "the wildest woman in Crowe County, Kentucky" (17), and his father was a soldier she met two days before he shipped off to die in Vietnam. Glenn, Clay's stepfather, died an equally untimely death by drowning--but only after murdering Anneth and the friends who were helping her leave him. Clay's only memory of this incident was a dream "of blood on the snow, blood so thick that it ran slow like syrup and lay in stripes across the whiteness, as

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Appalachian ReviewUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Jan 8, 2001

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