A Land More Kind Than Home

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Harper Collins, Apr 17, 2012 - Fiction - 368 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
Slightly disappointed in the ending. - Goodreads
Wiley Cash is a talented writer. - Goodreads
It is a page turner! - Goodreads
But the ending was NOT what I hoped for! - Goodreads

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This book annoyed me. It started out pretty good, then got suuuuuuper slow. Which I get, it's based in the south, so the author was trying to capture the feel of life there. But then 200 pages later ... Read full review

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User Review  - Carol - Goodreads

I now want to read everything that Wiley Cash writes! A Land More Kind Than Home is superb in its emotional power and portraying Appalachia of North Carolina. In the back of the book Mr. Cash tells ... Read full review

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Contents

Chapter TwentyOne
Chapter TwentyFour
Chapter TwentyFive
Awards and Accolades
Copyright

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About the author (2012)

Wiley Cash is the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of A Land More Kind Than Home. A native of North Carolina, he has held residency positions at Yaddo and The MacDowell Colony and teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Southern New Hampshire University. He and his wife live in Wilmington, North Carolina.

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