A Land More Kind Than Home: A Novel

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HarperCollins, Apr 17, 2012 - Fiction - 320 pages
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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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Well written, beautiful prose. - Goodreads
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Wiley Cash is a talented writer. - Goodreads
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About the author (2012)

Wiley Cash is from western NorthCarolina and has a Ph.D. in English from the Universityof Louisiana-Lafayette. He has held residency positionsat Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony and teachesin the low-residency MFA program at Southern NewHampshire University. He and his wife live in WestVirginia. This is his first novel.

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