Red Brick, Black Mountain, White Clay
Reflections On Art, Family, And Survival
BY CHRISTOPHER BENFEY
Bricks form the backbone of life in North Carolina's ruralPiedmont, where Benfey's mother was raised among centuries-old folk potteries, tobacco farms, and clay pits. Her father, like his father before him, believed in the deep honesty of brick, that men might build good lives with the bricksthey laid. Nurtured in this red clay world of ancient craft and Quaker radicalism, Benfey's mother was poised to set out from home when a tragic romance cracked her young life in two. Salvaging the broken shards of his mother's past and exploring the revitalized folk arts resisting industrialization, Benfey discovers a world brimming with possibility and creativity.
Penguin 2013 291 PP. Paper
(out of stock but can be backordered)