A Land More Kind Than Home
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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.
Publishers Weekly Review
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Decided to read this book after reading an interview with the author
Wiley Cash, in Vanity Fair. I was intrigued. A great read with a lot of soul. You can't help but want to see what happens to the character Jess.
I finished the book over two nights because I wanted to know what happened to poor little Jess. Was pulling for Ben the whole time and hoping for a better outcome. See? The characters were real for me right away. I am impressed by the writing of Wiley Cash and pleased to have had the book recommended to me.
A wonderful first or tenth novel
I have read only half of this book and already believe that the author is truly gifted. It was difficult to take just a few moments from Jess to write this review. Whether you do or do not have any interest in the topic of this book, I believe you will be entranced by the writing. And now I will return to nine-year-old Jess to see if there is any resolution to his tragedy.