A Land More Kind Than Home

Cash, Wiley

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
A Land More Kind Than Home
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.

Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780062088147
Branch Call Number: FICTION
Characteristics: 309 p. ; 23 cm


From Library Staff

A remarkable debut novel set in author Wiley Cash’s much-loved North Carolina homeland and populated by its people, culture, and the evangelical religious faith in which he was raised. The story revolves around the horror of a young autistic boy being smothered during a church healing service and... Read More »

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Jun 01, 2014
  • GLNovak rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This story told from different viewpoints centres around a North Carolina revivalist church and its pastor Carson Chambliss, a man obsessed with snakes and poison and their ability to heal. I found him very creepy and kept shaking my head at the effect he had on his congregation. Julie Hall is smitten with him and his teachings and believes he can heal her mute son. Things go terribly wrong and the fallout descends on all her family. The pace is measured and the narrative from the three viewpoints is easy to follow. The reader is left with questions, and if in a book group, could explore the whys and hows for hours.

Sep 12, 2013

This was truly one of the best books I've ever read. I was glued to it from start to finish. I'll be waiting for another book from this author and hope it's as good his first.

Aug 06, 2013
  • rosenyny rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Excellent prose and dialogue, really well written. The descriptive narration is very compelling and the characters are all interesting. It's a strong story, sad and disturbing but rings true. I loved this book. Highly recommend it.

Mar 27, 2013
  • Brittah rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Loved this book!!!

Mar 24, 2013
  • DannyBarksdale rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The audio book has an actor for each narrator--pretty good.

Mar 12, 2013
  • okbookgirl rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A powerful Southern gothic story. Cash reels you quickly into the story, and creates a creepy and nerve-jangling atmosphere. Reminds me a bit of William Gay's writing. Hard to say I 'liked' it...but it is a really good novel.

Dec 27, 2012
  • Rubicat rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Apparently I have very little tolerance for religious blindness. There was a very palpable aura of evil about Chambliss - he creeped me out with every appearance - and I don't have any experience of boys but I don't think they are as naive as these were but I am probably way off. I realize the era was 60s and it was in the South (which is apparently the most backward and gullible area in the world!) but I know of no boys who would be so unquestioning of parental strictures. But with all my carping, it was an excellent story, very well written and I would recommend it.

Sep 24, 2012
  • becker rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This book was very good despite the fact that the ending was not as conclusive as I would have liked. Maybe there will be a sequel! This story tells about the events that take place in a small town when many of the people fall under the influence of a deranged religious leader. It is written from the perspective of 3 different characters and it is an engaging quick paced story.

Aug 19, 2012
  • Rock_Shadow rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Solid writing and very good young boy characters. The story shows how a religious leader is able to blind the whole community if they let him.

May 29, 2012
  • ontherideau rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

An engaging story of the impact of a charismatic religious leader on a family


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