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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00  ·  rating details  ·  28 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Blood Clay tells the story of Tracey Gaines, who has moved to rural Saul County, North Carolina, to escape the wreckage of a divorce and becomes a teacher at an alternative school. She devotes herself to renovating an old farmhouse but finds she can't as easily build connections in this new place. When the community splits, she finds an ally in Dave Fordham, a native son w ...more
Paperback, 206 pages
Published March 15th 2011 by Press 53
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Richard Sharp
This is a very well written thoughtful novel that I limit to four stars partly because the author's own four-star self review indicates to me that she expects to follow this excellent work with something even better, which I will eagerly await. The novel may be considered Southern fiction and shares the theme of troubled protagonists and an atmosphere of melancholy which characterize many Southern novels, but it is far from a genre piece. The protagonists are flawed, but they are not self-destru ...more
Joe Perrone Jr
As a participant in a recent book festival, I had the pleasure of swapping one of my own books for a copy of Valerie Nieman's Blood Clay. To say I was pleased with my end of the bargain would be an understatement. Classified as Southern Fiction, Blood Clay is an examination of two characters, each involved in personal turmoil, who are drawn together by an unfortunate tragedy that occurs within the community. Both Dave and Tracey (two of the most three dimensional characters you'll ever meet) are ...more
Luis Perez
If you like southern fiction, this is for you. Very descriptive sentences and totally nails the details, idiosyncrasies and unspoken customs of slow-paced, small-town life in the South.

The author has a impressive grasp on her subject matter. I got a little distracted in a few chapters where the story bogged down a little but overall. it's a thought-provoking slow ride into how lives can unravel in the blink of an eye that forces us to examine how we might react in a similar situation.

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Kathy Duncan
The language of Blood Clay is lyrical without being pretentious or self-conscious. It pulls the reader in immediately and does not let go. This novel is a page turner. Tracey Gaines, is starting over in Saul County, NC as a teacher at the A.O. Miller Alternative School after her divorce. In her spare time she works on restoring the old house she bought impulsively. Her new life suddenly turns ominous and dangerous when a child is violently killed. And that is just the beginning…

I won my copy of
Jul 23, 2012 Ogun added it
Wonderland Book Club February selection. She must be a visual learner - vivid descriptions make you see every detail.
Namedoris Powell
This was a very interesting book. First of all it took place in North Carolina which I always enjoy, living in this state now. Secondly, the characters were very human, faults and all. Dave and Tracy were school teachers in an alternative school. Dave was handicapped due to a tragic event. Tracy was trying to get over a divorce, coming to North Carolina from Ohio to get away from everything. In the end the reader needs to think, can I be a hero or just a person who reacts from fear when a tragic ...more
Mel Windham
Have you ever been in a hopeless situation, only to relive it over and over, wondering what you could have done differently? "Blood Clay," written by Valerie Nieman, explores one such incident that occurs in rural North Carolina.

Tracey Gaines is a Yankee who moves to the South to pursue ... she's not exactly sure what ... a change of pace? An escape from her past? At first, the natives are friendly. But then when Tracey survives a vicious dog attack, she learns quickly how most of those friendly
The best thing about this book for me is that I finished it and I know that my BookClub is going to have a good discussion because there's so many things that were disconnects for a couple of us...and somebody got some 'plaining to do lol.
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Bookmarks : Blood Clay 2 7 Aug 28, 2011 01:58PM  
My second poetry collection, Hotel Worthy, debuts in March from Press 53, which also published my collection Wake Wake Wake.
My first novel, Neena Gathering, returned to life after 25 years out of print, brought back as a classic in the post-apocalyptic genre thanks to the folks at Permuted Press.
Blood Clay, my third novel, is story about the search for home in the New South. It won the Eric Hof
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