Another book cover desperately needed! Her mother has strange forebodings that all will not go well, and she's right. Vine is viewed as an outsider, treated with contempt by other townspeople.
In his critically acclaimed debut novel Clay's Quilt, a young man learns that the loss of one family can result in the formation of an equally supportive new one. His latest novel, A Parchment of Leaves, tells how a Cherokee woman navigates the swirling emotional waters of the Kentucky backwoods, and how independent women survive in the midst of racial prejudice and the brutality that accompanies it.
It was just a natural part of our lives. They might've been quiet about it, but ultimately they made the decisions. They'd all overcome something--poverty, abusive relationships.
I really wanted to honor the strong women I grew up around. The book is sort of a hymn to those women. In Redbug Camp, Cherokees must still must fight for the right to the land their ancestors have lived on, and racist ignorance still blights relationships among the people.
Meanwhile, Irish immigrants who arrived earlier in the 19th century have taken a firm foothold in Black Banks, where many of them still bear the prejudices of old.
But in a sense both are mere backdrops to the power of nature and the resilience of the women at God's Creek, the small community nestled in the "hollers" of a place called God's Mountain, where Vine, a Cherokee woman, and Irishman Saul Sullivan settle after their marriage.
House describes it as "a pretty place that held noise within its closeness like a voice in a cupped hand. After a third-person prologue in which Vine saves the life of her future brother-in-law, House turns the narration over to her.
The Cherokee woman tells us her mother gave her the name Vine in "hopes that I would help the earth to produce.
I wanted Saul Sullivan, plain and simple. That was all there was to it.
I didn't love him--that came later--but I thought that I did. I mistook lust for love, I guess. I knowed that I could fill up some hole that he had inside of himself and hadn't even been aware of until laying eyes on me.
Saul looked to me like he needed to lay his head down in somebody's lap and let them run their hand in a circle on his back until he lulled off to sleep. I knowed that I was the person to do it. I had been waiting a long time for such a feeling to come to me. What follows is her search for fulfillment through love, family, and the support of her friends, Serena, Aidia and mother-in-law Esme.
Family is crucial in the House's works: In Parchment, family and home become the centerpieces in a delicately balanced world where humans and nature cultivate an uneasy relationship. House responds with an emphatic "no" when asked if he agrees with the cultural commentators who say that the family is a dying part of the American fabric.
House based his narrator on his Cherokee great-grandmother, Martha Sizemore. Though he had little physical evidence of her life to work with, House chose to "present a character who is molded by her heritage without actually knowing what it was.
She tells the story of her life with Saul and his family, and about her longing for her own family, left back over the mountains in Redbud Camp. It is a story about her Cherokee heritage to be sure, but it is more a story that crosses ethnic lines to find, in a newly created family, the comforts of what the old one is no longer able to offer.
Another central element that seems to permeate House's novels is a reverence for nature and the power it has to communicate the fundamental truths of life.
Whether it's the racism of local magistrate Tate Masters who "made it well known that his plan was to run the Cherokees off," or the familial violence that happens inside the homes of those who live in the mountains, Vine weaves nature through her narrative like the patterns of the quilts so ubiquitous in House's novels.
Vine hopes that "maybe all the secrets to life [are] written on the surface of leaves, waiting to be translated.The latest novel by House, author of seven works including “A Parchment of Leaves,” begins in a rush, as a devastating flood in a small Tennessee town sets off a chain of reactions.
The two main sources of information by which we have access to the earliest segments of Paul's career are the Bible's Book of Acts and the autobiographical elements of . The Darkmoon Faire is in town one week out of every month with heirlooms, spooky toys, battle pets, and transmog gear to acquire!
Begins on October 7th at AM. A PARCHMENT OF LEAVES. by Silas House Fiction. CLAY’S QUILT. by Silas House INTERVIEW WITH SILAS HOUSE “People always see the South as the Other and I more often see the South as a mirror of the whole country,” says author Silas House about his latest novel, Southernmost.
Set in contemporary rural Tennessee and decadent Key West, House. A Parchment of Leaves. Algonquin Books, pages.
$ Silas House has done it again.
His second novel, A Parchment ofLeaves, like his debut, Clay's Quilt, paints a picture of Appalachia that is beautiful and true to life. A Parchment of Leaves. by Silas House.
It is the early s in rural Kentucky, and young Saul Sullivan is heading up to Redbud Camp to look for work. He is wary but unafraid of the Cherokee girl there whose beauty is said to cause the death of all men who see her.
But the minute Saul lays eyes on Vine, he knows she is meant to be his wife.