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Evocative prose and unforgettable characters mark this haunting novel from House, a Kentucky writer who mines the storytelling tradition of Appalachia. Set in the 1960s, the novel functions as a prequel of sorts to House's award-winning book Clay's Quilt, offering two sisters who are as different as night and day. Anneth—who will become Clay's mother—is a wild-blooded manic depressive determined to suck joy from life, while her older sister Easter, a deeply religious Pentecostal woman with the gift of foresight, has "decided to walk through life like a whisper." House paints both characters lovingly and unsentimentally, charting how each remains devoted to the other through tragedy and a battle to hold on to the one constant that unites them in a turbulent world: their land. As they fight to protect their mountain from the mining company that wants to clear the earth and strip it bare, the sisters make sacrifices for one another that will grip the reader. House has a gift for understanding the cadences of mountain folk religion and the way that music sustains people's spirits. The titular image of the coal tattoo—a bluish tinge that seeps under a miner's skin and leaves a permanent stain—is a perfect metaphor for the novel's depiction of the indelible imprint the land leaves on the human soul.
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The talented House continues his long love letter to Kentucky in this starkly beautiful, overtly literary third novel, following Clay's Quilt (2000) and A Parchment of Leaves (2002). Restless 16-year-old Anneth is running wild, drawn to nightclubs, liquor, and music, while her steadfast sister, Easter, is a devout Pentecostal. Despite their differences, the two sisters have an unbreakable bond, forged in the aftermath of their father's death in a coal-mining accident and their mother's suicide. Anneth elopes with a musician to the big city of Nashville, where she becomes so homesick for the water and greenery of her Appalachian hometown of Free Creek, Kentucky, she comes racing back. Easter faces the pain of a miscarriage, which severely tests her faith. Whether describing the sight of dozens of redbirds or the taste of moonshine, House does so in prose that is both lovely and cadenced. Rural Kentucky is so vividly rendered, it's no surprise native son House has been showered with regional awards. In addition, his work on National Public Radio should garner extra attention for this title. Joanne Wilkinson
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Story of two sisters growing up in rural Tennessee, with the love, affection and friction that both binds and divides them. Worthwhile reading.Published 2 months ago by Rosebuds
Good book. Typical House. His descriptions are awesome. The story line is pretty strong but that kept the stars I awarded to 4.Published 2 months ago by John K.
love it and have passed in on for others to read. thanks..PhyllisPublished 3 months ago by Phyllis Herbst
This book is so BORING ! Definitely written for " bible packing back wood thinkers with a low mentality". Just awful. Read morePublished 4 months ago by brenda metcalf
Awesome!!!!! I absolutely love anything about heritage and roots.
I also have read Clay's Quilt and Parchment of Leaves. I loved these books as well. Read more
I loved everything about this book. Characters are very real and human. A must read book. You will love it.Published 11 months ago by Beth Metcalf
This was a great book. My book club had read it years before I became a member and I had the pleasure of reading it very recently.Published 12 months ago by abracadeborah