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Clay's Quilt (Ballantine Reader's Circle) Paperback – February 26, 2002
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More About the Author
House serves as Writer-in-Residence at Lincoln Memorial University, where he also directs the Mountain Heritage Literary Festival. He is a contributing editor for No Depression magazine, where he has done long features on such artists as Lucinda Williams, Nickel Creek, Buddy Miller, Kelly Willis, Darrell Scott, Delbert McClinton, and many others. He is also one of Nashville's most in-demand press kit writers, having written the press kit bios for such artists as Kris Kristofferson, Kathy Mattea, Leann Womack, and many others.
House is a two-time finalist for the Southern Book Critics Circle Prize, a two-time winner of the Kentucky Novel of the Year, the Appalachian Book of the Year, Appalachian Writer of the Year (2009), the Chaffin Prize for Literature, the Award for Special Achievement from the Fellowship of Southern Writers, and many other honors. Recently House was personally selected by the subject to write the foreword for the biography of Earl Hamner, creator of The Waltons. In 2005 he also wrote the introduction for the new HarperCollins edition of Gregory of Nyssa's Life of Moses.
House's work can be found in Newsday, Oxford American, Bayou, The Southeast Review, The Louisville Review, The Beloit Fiction Journal, Wind, Night Train, and others, as well as in the anthologies New Stories From the South 2004: The Year's Best, Christmas in the South, A Kentucky Reader, Of Woods and Water, A Kentucky Christmas, Shouts and Whispers, High Horse, The Alumni Grill, Stories From the Blue Moon Café I and II, and many others.
For his environmental activism House received the Helen Lewis Community Lewis Award in 2008 from the Appalachian Studies Association.
House is currently working on his fifth novel, Evona Darling.
Top Customer Reviews
Clay Sizemore is a character any reader will quickly befriend, not only because of the tragedy of losing his mother, but because Clay is a loveable young man. House's prose places the reader, like a close friend, beside Clay. Whether Clay is at work in the coal mine, walking the mountainside, or partying at the local honky-tonk, we are there with him, feeling the grit of coal dust in our eyes, smelling the air on Free Mountain, or throwing down a whiskey with a beer chaser on a Saturday night.
There is something to be said when a reader can feel for a story's rogues. Even the villains and the socially challenged characters in Clay's Quilt are people with whom a reader will identify. House takes us into their hearts, to the places that hurt, to those hidden areas where malice and evil ferment, torment and eventually explode with terrible consequences.
Life, human and natural, pulsates through the veins of this story. Long after its first reading, "Clay's Quilt" will warm the reader.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is one of my favorite books. I always recommend it to people.Published 2 months ago by AnniePressley
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. Read more
This is one of the most poorly written books I've ever read. I had to read it for my 10th grade English class, and it was so awful!Published 5 months ago by Jesse
The author has captured images of the mountains of Kentucky in his words and has woven into the images a tale of the inhabitants of the mountainsPublished 6 months ago by sarah carter
Loved reading my Momma's signed copy of this wonderful story.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
I enjoyed Clay's Quilt very much. Found it to be a believable love story that flowed nicely with a very good ending.Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
This was a wonderful story! The story line was true to the area.Published 11 months ago by Kindle Customer
I chose this rating because of the content of drugs, alcohol,violence, sexual content,foul language especially use of our God's name used in vain. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Amazon Customer