The Coal Tattoo: A Novel by Silas HouseThe Coal Tattoo: A Novel by Silas House

The Coal Tattoo: A Novel

bySilas House

Hardcover | September 24, 2004

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Two sisters can't stand to live together, but can't bear to be apart. One worships the 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 child.

This is what's at the heart of Silas House's third, masterful novel, which tells the story of Easter and Anneth, tragically left parentles 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 on rearing her wild younger sister properly. Anneth is untamable, full of passion, determined to live hard and fast. It's only a matter of time before their predilections split their paths and nearly undo their bond. How these two women learn to overcome their past, sacrifice deeply for each other, and live together again in the only place that matters is the story of The Coal Tattoo.

Silas House's work has been described as compelling, seamless, breathtaking, heartbreaking, eloquent, stunningly beautiful, and exquisite. In The Coal Tattoo, he raises the bar once again.
Silas House is the author of Clay's Quilt and A Parchment of Leaves. He is the recipient of the Kentucky Book of the Year Award and the James Still Award, from the Fellowship of Southern Writers. A Parchment of Leaves was a Book Sense Top Ten pick and a citywide reader's pick in four cities. A graduate of Spalding University, with an M...
Title:The Coal Tattoo: A NovelFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:336 pages, 8.74 × 5.68 × 1.13 inShipping dimensions:8.74 × 5.68 × 1.13 inPublished:September 24, 2004Publisher:Algonquin BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1565123689

ISBN - 13:9781565123687


Editorial Reviews

"The characters of the two sisters and their mates are engagingly complex, and the psychological insights into maturation, family, and talent have an impressive depth and originality."
-Sena Jeter Naslund, author of Four Spirits and Ahab's Wife