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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,135 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Silas House Narrator: Kate Forbes Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2011 ISBN:
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Critically acclaimed author Silas House's A Parchment of Leaves was named Kentucky Novel of the Year and won a special achievement award from the Fellowship of Southern Writers. In 1917 rural Kentucky, Saul Sullivan marries a beautiful Cherokee woman named Vine. They weather the storm of prejudice, but when Saul temporarily moves away to work a better job, his younger brother makes advances on Vine that are not welcome and ultimately lead to tragedy.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Missyk | 2/7/2014

    " I've loved every book featuring these characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren Smith | 2/6/2014

    " My favorite Silas House book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 1/23/2014

    " Hooked at the first sentence "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 1/20/2014

    " Wow. What a great book. I picked it up from Paperback Swap ages ago on someone's recommendation, and it's been sitting on my shelf for at least 3 years. The title just doesn't do it justice. I find myself at a loss to describe why it's so good. An interesting time, an interesting place, an interesting story with interesting characters - I think that's as close as I'll get. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 1/17/2014

    " A Favorite Author of mine..Always interested in The Appallation Area..very Poetic to me..and extremely visual..Characters are completely absorbing..Should pay more attention to him..I have 2 others I have read by Silas House..will List...If one is looking for a Novel that will have a grip on you..I would recommend Silas House.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy Randall | 1/15/2014

    " Great book. If you grew up in eastern Kentucky you must read it. The author is a man but he writes with a woman's insight. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 1/15/2014

    " An absolutely splendid, lovely book. I intentionally read this slow (and for those that know me well, you know how hard that is!) so I could get as much enjoyment as possible out of every word, it is so beautifully written. And I marveled at how a male author so adeptly pulled off writing a book from a woman's point of view. Thank you mom for finding and recommending this! :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Celia | 1/8/2014

    " Very good recommendation from a friend. Author has a true talent and will add Clay's Quilt to my "to read" shelf. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Doraine Bennett | 1/4/2014

    " Beautiful writing, but kept me at a distance from the main character, so that I was curious what happened, but not necessarily connected. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah Key | 12/22/2013

    " The story just felt tired. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane Brant | 12/16/2013

    " Loved this book, loved the characters, loved all the beautiful descriptions of nature, and loved all the intricacy of family relationships. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy Lewis | 12/13/2013

    " I loved this book! The writing was superb. I felt like I knew the characters and could envision everything about their lives. I will be reading more books by this author! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Geneva | 11/27/2013

    " I thought is was better than "Clay's Quilt". It pays tribute to the beauty of Appalachain Kentucky. Strong characters and beautiful prose. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lori | 11/27/2013

    " I enjoyed this book. I like the character of Vine. It was a quick read and kept me thinking about the characters, wondering what would happen to them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vikki | 8/5/2013

    " A Cherokee girl goes away from her folks and lives with her husband's family. So good! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 4/9/2013

    " Another book club read that I really enjoyed. It was fun hosting this one. I enjoyed seeing the strong bond between women. Very sad and suspensful at times. We had a great discussion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tammie | 2/5/2013

    " This story takes place before Clay's Quilt and The Coal Tatoo in the storyline of this family. The scenery is rich and as much a character as the humans. As is all his books, reading this story is like a mother rocking you to sleep on a warm summers eve and singing you a lullably. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adilee | 1/13/2013

    " I didn't want it to end... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 12/6/2012

    " Listened to this as an e-audio download. Beautifully read and wonderfully written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alison | 11/2/2012

    " Unusual love story, set in Kentucky in the early 1900's. Forgiveness: "Why do people do such evil things to one another"? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky | 4/17/2012

    " Beautiful, sorrowful, haunting. Silas House continues to be one of my favorite authors. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine Johnson | 2/19/2012

    " Great characters...a Native American girl falls in love with an Irishman during WW1...set in the Smokey Mountains..lovely writing! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracy | 12/31/2011

    " Silas House is another Kentucky author with strong ties to the land and to good stewardship of the land -- a la Wendell Berry. This book surprised me because he writes from the perspective of a woman so well. I loved the characters and found the book almost poetic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nora | 8/17/2011

    " Everything Silas House writes is worth reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzanne | 7/17/2011

    " Very descriptive but slow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kirsten | 5/27/2011

    " An engaging story, well told. Learned a bit about the Cherokee in Appalachia (Learning + Reading Fiction = Good). But still unsatisfying somehow. I'd say this is kind of a vacation read: entertaining, but not terribly profound. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 5/23/2011

    " I love Kentucky authors. This was my first read by Silas House, and I was immediatley drawn into the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amie | 3/16/2011

    " a great story about the spirit of women "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nora | 3/3/2011

    " Everything Silas House writes is worth reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jorge | 12/3/2010

    " Enjoyed the characters, story. Found it a very good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 10/19/2010

    " Vine learns about herself, the people with whom she interacts, and finally learns to forgive. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ruth | 9/19/2010

    " House's writing is exquisite. This lyrical and moving novel is filled with joy and pain in equal measure. It paints an unforgettable picture of life in an Appalachian village in the early 1900s. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joy | 8/25/2010

    " Thanks to Nancy for recommending this book. It was in my library for years and I had never picked it up. Good story and engaging character It reminded me of another book I liked, Velva Jean Learns to Drive. That book is set in the same part of the country, but takes place a little bit later. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ali | 8/20/2010

    " This book leaves me wanting more. I didn't want to leave these characters and I want to know the rest of the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lori | 7/30/2010

    " I enjoyed this book. I like the character of Vine. It was a quick read and kept me thinking about the characters, wondering what would happen to them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 7/28/2010

    " This was an excellent book--takes place in early 20th century Kentucky--lots of little details of everyday life--excellent dialogue--mostly female characters that seemed very true to life--Silas House is an excellent author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tammie | 7/14/2010

    " This story takes place before Clay's Quilt and The Coal Tatoo in the storyline of this family. The scenery is rich and as much a character as the humans. As is all his books, reading this story is like a mother rocking you to sleep on a warm summers eve and singing you a lullably. "

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