A Land More Kind Than Home (Hardcover)

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In a small western N. Carolina mountain town, nine-year old Jess Hall
and his mute older brother, Stump, witness something they don't fully
understand, but know is bad. As a result, a charismatic evangelical
preacher and his church elders attempt to cure Stump, with tragic
consequences. The County sheriff's investigation into how and why this
tragedy occurred unfolds, while the secrets that Jess holds compound
his grief and guilt.

This story is told in alternating chapters by three people: Jess Hall;
Adelaide Lyle, the local midwife and protector of the community's
children; and Clem Barefield, the sheriff, whose has also known tragic
loss. First-time novelist, Wiley Cash, perfectly captures the voices and
cadence of these distinct characters as well as the time period and
geography of the region with its hollers and coves. This is a literary
and poignant story about fathers and sons; forgiveness and absolute
evil.

— Karen McCue

May 2012 Indie Next List


“The voices that bear witness to the events in Cash's moving novel are haunting in their telling of a tale of innocent mistakes and evil incarnate in a small North Carolina mountain community. A charismatic preacher has a parish in his thrall. Mysterious goings on, both inside and outside of the shrouded little church, lead to tragedy for young Jess and his mute older brother, Stump. This is a heartbreaking, brilliant novel, both deeply Southern and utterly universal.”
— Cathy Langer, Tattered Cover Book Store, Denver, CO

Product Details
ISBN: 9780857520807
Publisher: Doubleday Books
Publication Date: March 1st, 2012

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