Silas House is a writer with a sense of place. His place is rural Kentucky, of which he writes a poignant story. The fictional setting is a small coal mining community called Free Creek. House's story is full of real anguish, conviction, joy, and the quest for answers from its people. His characters are bigger-than-life, with quirks, oddities, and realities that produce laughter, tears, anxious moments, and satisfaction for his readers.
In his mid-20s, Clay Sizemore has lived in Appalachia his entire life and works in the coal mines at Black Banks. He is a product of the hill country and is loyal to the relatives who raised him, especially Aunt Easter, his dead mother's s