Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Silas House


If you're looking for a good book to read, I highly recommend the works of Kentucky author Silas House. Over the summer, I read three of his novels: Clay's Quilt, A Parchment of Leaves and The Coal Tattoo. These novels follow the lives of the same eastern Kentucky family over several generations. His work is beautiful, tragic and eloquent. So often people who tell stories about this region of our country tend to look down upon its residents. But House shows the strength and grace of these people and while they face great adversity, there is great beauty in their lives as well.
I know it's hard to find time to read (Believe me, I'm a mother of a three-year old and 18-month old), but I'm glad I carved out time for these books. You come away feeling grateful you read them.
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3 comments:

Pamela's Pink Pencil said...

I am obsessed with all things books and I have met Silas House. He is just a great and kind man! I haven't gotten to read the Coal Tattoo but it is on my VERY LONG list!

JMW said...

Pamela,
I'm so envious that you've met Silas House! I think the Coal Tattoo was my favorite of the three because I loved how he detailed the relationship between the two sisters. So glad you found my blog. I'll be sure to check yours out!
Jen

Jessi said...

Of course! Look forward to following your blog...will add to my sidebar as well!