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The Coal Tattoo: A Novel by Silas House
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The Coal Tattoo: A Novel (2004)

by Silas House

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Like the other Silas House book I read, I most enjoyed the sense of place House creates in The Coal Tattoo. The writing was good, the story and characters were interesting, but what got me most was the setting. ( )
  klburnside | Aug 11, 2015 |
“The Coal Tattoo” is the third installment in a series by Silas House. This sweet novel is strong enough to stand on its own if you haven't read the first two books in the series, “A Parchment of Leaves” and “Clay's Quilt.” This a story primarily of two very different sisters as they walk through various trials, sometimes successfully and sometimes just by enduring. It is also a reflection of life in a rural area and the influence of coal mining on a community. As lives of the sisters unfolds the reader discovers how events in their past affects the characters present choices and values and leads them to uncover strength within. ( )
  Kyrana | Sep 13, 2014 |
A pleasant read
  carterchristian1 | Feb 19, 2012 |
A wonderful tale of sisters in Appalachia. ( )
  Rice4Life | Jan 19, 2011 |
Another great book. I loved the interaction of the two sisters and the exploration of family. And the backdrop the the Appalachian mountain culture is beautifully drawn. ( )
  tjsjohanna | Feb 25, 2008 |
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Many Rivers Converging

Sharp, sweet spring eddies through generations, streams merge in churning unity - on believer in blood and bone. - Jane Hicks, "Ancestral Home"
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For Lee and all the family I have made at the Hindman Settlement School. It is this land that makes us kin.
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Anneth was dancing in her tight red dress and everyone was watching her, the way she closed her eyes and felt the music running up and down the backs of her legs, the way the curls trembled down in her eyes as she threw her hair about, stomping her feet with one leg proudly thrust through the high slit that ran up one side of her dress, and it was like seeing joy made into a human form that could travel across the dance floor-it was like seeing the music itself.
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Two sisters can't stand to live together, but can't bear to be apart. One worships that flashy world of Nashville, the other is a devout Pentecostal. One falls into the lap of any man, the other is afraid to even date. One gets pregnant in a flash, the other desperately wants to have a child. That is what's at he heart of SH's third, masterful novel, which tells the story of Easter and Anneth, tragically left parentless as children, who must raise themselves and each other in their small coal-mining town. Easter is deeply religious, keeps a good home, believes in tradition, and is intent of rearing her wild younger sister properly. Anneth is untameable, rull of passion, determined to live hard and fast. It's only a matter of time before the predilictions split their paths and nearly undo their bonds. How these two women learn to overcome their past, sacrifice deeply for each other, and live together again in the only place that matters in the story of The Coal Tattoo. (1-56512-368-9)
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Life isn’t easy for twenty-two year old Easter and her teenage sister Anneth, who were left parentless as young children. While Easter, a devout Pentecostal, finds solace in the powerful music of her church, Anneth seeks comfort in the rougher edges of life found in dancing, drinking, and fast living. Easter believes in tradition and is intent on rearing her wild young sister properly, but it’s only a matter of time before a wedge is driven between them–and threatens to undo their bond forever. . . .

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Two sisters, Easter and Anneth, struggle to raise themselves in their small mining town after their parents' deaths, and each deals with the tragedy and hardships in a different way.

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