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Jean W. Cash and Keith Perry

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781496802330

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2017

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496802330.001.0001

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“The Spiritual Energy of the Trees”: Nature, Place, and Religion in Silas House’s Crow County Trilogy

“The Spiritual Energy of the Trees”: Nature, Place, and Religion in Silas House’s Crow County Trilogy

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(p.182) “The Spiritual Energy of the Trees”: Nature, Place, and Religion in Silas House’s Crow County Trilogy
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Rough South, Rural South
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Scott Hamilton Suter

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496802330.003.0018

This chapter discusses Silas House's Crow County trilogy, which demonstrates binding connections to both family and place: Clay's Quilt (2001), A Parchment of Leaves (2002), and The Coal Tattoo (2004). All three novels trace four generations of several families in fictional Crow County, Kentucky, portraying their struggles and triumphs in one of the northwesternmost extremities of the mountain South. Raised in the Pentecostal Church, House places important metaphysical emphasis on spiritual relationships with nature and one's native land. A closer examination of his Crow County trilogy reveals the ties and disparities between Pentecostal Christianity and meaningful spiritual links to land. Emphasizing the spiritual and religious beliefs of his characters, House demonstrates the significant role the natural environment plays in Appalachian culture. While he explores the importance of traditional religion, he juxtaposes those customary expressions with the spiritual significance of the natural surroundings.

Keywords:   land, Silas House, place, Clay's Quilt, A Parchment of Leaves, The Coal Tattoo, nature, Christianity, religious beliefs, religion

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