A Land More Kind Than Home: A Novel

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HarperCollins, Apr 17, 2012 - Fiction - 320 pages
7 Reviews

A stunning debut reminiscent of the beloved novels of John Hart and Tom Franklin, A Land More Kind Than Home is a mesmerizing literary thriller about the bond between two brothers and the evil they face in a small western North Carolina town

For a curious boy like Jess Hall, growing up in Marshall means trouble when your mother catches you spying on grown-ups. Adventurous and precocious, Jess is enormously protective of his older brother, Christopher, a mute whom everyone calls Stump. Though their mother has warned them not to snoop, Stump can't help sneaking a look at something he's not supposed to—an act that will have catastrophic repercussions, shattering both his world and Jess's. It's a wrenching event that thrusts Jess into an adulthood for which he's not prepared. While there is much about the world that still confuses him, he now knows that a new understanding can bring not only a growing danger and evil—but also the possibility of freedom and deliverance as well.

Told by three resonant and evocative characters—Jess; Adelaide Lyle, the town midwife and moral conscience; and Clem Barefield, a sheriff with his own painful past—A Land More Kind Than Home is a haunting tale of courage in the face of cruelty and the power of love to overcome the darkness that lives in us all. These are masterful portrayals, written with assurance and truth, and they show us the extraordinary promise of this remarkable first novel.

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A Land More Kind Than Home

User Review  - Henrietta Thornton-Verma - Book Verdict

Snake-handling preachers and bizarre, dysfunctional families are clichés of Southern fiction, but they can still make a great story. Cash's debut novel centers on Jess, a boy who keeps his counsel ... Read full review

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This book dragged me in from the beginning and I read it in one sitting. It's well written, with a cast of wonderful characters. I felt as though I was there with them. It did jump around a bit, which I found a little distracting, but otherwise an excellent read. I loved it! Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Wiley Cash is from western North Carolina. He has a Ph.D. in English from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette and teaches English at Bethany College. He lives with his wife in West Virginia. This is his first novel.

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