A Land More Kind Than Home

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Harper Collins, Mar 27, 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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A small town in North Carolina, a very fundamentalist church, the death of a young boy. combine to make this a compulsive read once started. Told mainly in three voices, an older woman, the brother of ... Read full review

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Told in alternating chapters from three different viewpoints, A Land More Kind Than Home is a strong mystery, a lyrical evocation of place, and a heartbreaking family story. An elderly woman named ... Read full review

Contents

Adelaide Lyle
Jess Hall
THREE
Clem Barefield
FIVE
SIX
Jess Hall
EIGHT
SEVENTEEN
EIGHTEEN
Jess Hall
TWENTY
Adelaide Lyle
Clem Barefield
Jess Hall
Clem Barefield

NINE
TEN
Clem Barefield
Adelaide Lyle
THIRTEEN
FOURTEEN
FIFTEEN
Clem Barefield
Adelaide Lyle
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
CREDITS
COPYRIGHT
ABOUT THE PUBLISHER
Copyright

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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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