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3.74 out of 53.74 out of 53.74 out of 53.74 out of 53.74 out of 5 3.74 (35 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Silas House Narrator: Kate Forbes Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2011 ISBN:
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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 a child. This is what's at the heart of Silas House's third novel, which tells the story of Easter and Anneth, tragically left parentless 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.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nancy | 2/14/2014

    " This book goes to prove the stereotypes right. Tennessee/Kentucky folk do nothing but drink, has sex, and speak in something that is NOT English. Story was okay ... The ending was awful. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Wendy | 2/14/2014

    " The author didn't stretch too much to create the main characters - sisters who are opposites. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martine | 2/6/2014

    " Definitely captures an almost indescribable love of land, which is quite the accomplishment. I felt as though I were a part of Easter and Anneth's world. It was nice to be home again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelsey Burnette | 1/26/2014

    " Not my favorite of House's novels, but well-written and totally worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 1/22/2014

    " Good story of one family's efforts to grow up in impoverished Appalachia. Two sisters struggle to be the different, yet not so different, women they are. Worthwhile reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marian | 1/19/2014

    " Silas House's best book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 1/17/2014

    " Another one I read in book club. It wasn't my type of book but I did like it. It think I liked that it was taking place in the same place I lived. It seemed to make the story more alive. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sherri Moldaver | 1/13/2014

    " This was the first book I read by this author. Excellent. I never thought I would be interested in reading about people from the Appalachia Hills....but I was pleasantly surprised. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy Ladd-Russell | 1/8/2014

    " Silas House writes beautiful stories about Eastern KY. This was one of those. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Steven Salaita | 12/18/2013

    " I didn't like this novel very much. House spends way too much time overdescribing everything. He has some skills, but it sounds a bit like an MFA project. And the Appalachian motif is conspicuously self-conscious, to the detriment of believability. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ken | 12/9/2013

    " Great character development! I feel the characters are real. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 DeAnna Rigney | 12/6/2013

    " I really liked his personal writing style and characters. I also enjoyed the glimpse of life in the Eastern Kentucky region, which I'm sure closely resembles my grandparents' lives close to this time. I found the relationship between the sisters very interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nora | 12/5/2013

    " Everything Silas House writes is worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Niki | 11/10/2013

    " I liked this story and the interaction of two sisters who are trying to survive in the coal town they have grown up in and are trying to figure out their lives. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 11/5/2013

    " very slice of life style. Reminded me of Nicolas Sparks type. Not my favorite but it was interesting to get a glimpse into an area and lifestyle so different than the south. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pat | 8/3/2013

    " I enjoyed this book but it was nothing earth-shattering. A good read... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nikki Mo | 8/1/2013

    " Interesting book, but I finished it still wondering if it was ever going anywhere. I have an autographed copy. That's pretty sweet. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky | 7/8/2013

    " Silas House hits the mark once again! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lud | 2/22/2013

    " This book is our (Bloomington/Normal public libraries) "community read" choice for 2009. The author will be coming to B-N on April 16. His blog is fabulous, so I look forward to the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy Hamilton | 8/10/2012

    " I think I liked this book even more than Clay's Quilt... I told Silas House this and he replied, "you must have sisters, cause women with sisters really like this book". I really did enjoy this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann | 4/11/2012

    " Silas House weaves rich stories of family and relationships. He lives in Eastern Kentucky and his characters seem so real. This book should be read in with his other two books Clay's Quilt and A Parchment of Leaves. His next book is due on shelves in early 2008 and I can't wait! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Phyllis | 11/7/2011

    " Applachia, 1960's "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 8/19/2011

    " I love the characters in this book. It was a bit predictable, but overall a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 5/19/2011

    " Silas House writes beautiful stories about Eastern KY. This was one of those. "

  • 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ken | 12/9/2010

    " Great character development! I feel the characters are real. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 9/12/2010

    " very slice of life style. Reminded me of Nicolas Sparks type. Not my favorite but it was interesting to get a glimpse into an area and lifestyle so different than the south. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pat | 9/11/2010

    " I enjoyed this book but it was nothing earth-shattering. A good read... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nikki | 7/1/2010

    " Interesting book, but I finished it still wondering if it was ever going anywhere. I have an autographed copy. That's pretty sweet. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 6/30/2010

    " loved all the silas house books...its a must-read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 5/26/2010

    " great story about coal mining and family dynamics. House's writing makes you feel the environment he is describing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 4/22/2010

    " I love the characters in this book. It was a bit predictable, but overall a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vikki | 4/15/2010

    " This book is about two sisters living in Kentucky. It is a very good story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terri | 3/11/2010

    " Enjoyed the book and it's sequel. Referenced alot of KY. Silas House is from KY. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 1/31/2010

    " his description of grief is realistic. describes my feelings of loss "

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About the Author
Author Silas House

Silas House is the nationally bestselling author of Eli the Good as well as the award-winning novels Clay’s Quilt, A Parchment of Leaves, and The Coal Tattoo. He is an associate professor at Berea College and lives in eastern Kentucky.

About the Narrator

Kate Forbes is a professionally trained actress who has appeared on Broadway, in regional theaters, and with a renowned touring company. After graduating from Sarah Lawrence College, where she was active in theater, she completed an MFA at New York University School of the Arts. With this training, she launched into a successful acting career.