A Land More Kind Than Home

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Black Swan, 2013 - Fiction - 336 pages
3 Reviews

A New York Times bestseller and winner of the UK's John Creasey Award for Debut Crime Novel of the Year

'Mesmerizing. Intensely felt and beautifully told' New York Times

One Sunday nine-year-old Jess Hall watches in horror as his autistic brother is smothered during a healing service in the mountains of North Carolina.

Wiley Cash uses this haunting image - inspired by a horrific true event - to spin us into a spellbinding, heartbreaking story about cruelty and innocence, and the failure of faith and family to protect a child.

This is a novel thick with stories and characters connected by faith, infidelity, and a sense of hope that is both tragic and unforgettable.

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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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User Review  - Thomas Kilpatrick - Book Verdict

As lyrical, beautiful, and uncomplicated as the classic ballads of Appalachia, Cash's first novel is a tragic story of misplaced faith and love gone wrong, set in the mountains of North Carolina. The ... Read full review

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About the author (2013)

Wiley Cash is from western North Carolina, a region that features prominently in his writing. His first novel, A Land More Kind than Home, won the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger award for Best First Novel 2012. His second novel, A Dark Road to Mercy, was the winner of the 2014 Gold Dagger âe~Crime Novel of the Yearâe(tm) Award.

Wiley teaches an MFA in fiction and non-fiction at Southern New Hampshire University. He lives with his wife and daughter in West Virginia.

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