A Land More Kind Than Home (MP3 CD)

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By Wiley Cash, Mark Bramhall (Read by), Lorna Raver (Read by)
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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

Description


Deep in the heart of western North Carolina lies Marshall, a quiet mountain town where people believe in protecting their own--especially if they harbor secrets. For the town's modest folk, that's the way it's always been--a belief instilled in them for generations. For a curious boy like Jess Hall, it means trouble, especially when his older brother, Christopher, a mute autistic boy everyone calls Stump, can't help sneaking a look at something he isn't supposed to--an act that causes catastrophic repercussions and thrusts Jess into an adulthood for which he's unprepared. Confronted with a stunned community, a family in pain, and witnesses who will not talk, Sheriff Clem Barefield turns to church matriarch Adelaide Lyle, whose role as the town's moral center makes her predictions of a violent reckoning to come all but unavoidable. As the lynchpin for this violence, Jess is set adrift in a world in which the truth is hidden from children, even if they know things adults do not. A Land More Kind Than Home is a literary thriller packed with stories and characters connected by faith, infidelity, addiction, and a sense of hope that is as tragic as it is unforgettable.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781455129003
ISBN-10: 1455129003
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Publication Date: April 1st, 2012
Language: English

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