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Clay's Quilt Book Review Summary

Detailed Plot Synopsis of Clay's Quilt

In this semi-autobiogragical novel, we meet a young man named Clay. He works as a coal miner. Other characters include his best friend Cake and a cousin, Dreama along with assorted other relatives.

It is a sensitive picture of a place foreign to many Americans and describes a way of life that is vanishing rapidly.

Clay's struggles to accept his mother's early and violent death war with his desire to live and to find love. He seeks to be released from the multi generational history he has in his home area but yet he glories in it. The book ends with Clay building a house near that of his family, newly married, and eager to begin life - a life he will build on his terms.
This report prepared by Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy








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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   2000+ (Present Day) Other aspects:    -   story of the poor Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Outside culture (society)    -   American South If story of urban/rural...    -   Small town life Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   blue collar Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)

Setting

How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   5 () United States    -   Yes Mountains/Cliffs    -   Yes

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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