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“Bold, daring, graceful, and engrossing.”
—Bobbie Ann Mason

“This book will knock your socks off….A first novel that sings with talent.”
—Clyde Edgerton

In his phenomenal debut novel—a mesmerizing literary thriller about the bond between two brothers and the evil they face in a small North Carolina town—author Wiley Cash displays a remarkable talent for lyrical, powerfully emotional storytelling. A Land More Kind than Home is a modern masterwork of Southern fiction, reminiscent of the writings of John Hart (Down River), Tom Franklin (Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter), Ron Rash (Serena), and Pete Dexter (Paris Trout)—one that is likely to be held in the same enduring esteem as such American classics as To Kill a Mockingbird, Of Mice and Men, and A Separate Peace. A brilliant evocation of a place, a heart-rending family story, a gripping and suspenseful mystery—with A Land More Kind than Home, a major American novelist enthusiastically announces his arrival.

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    Crazy religion

    Excellent. A tragic story.

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    a very descriptive book!

    Thought the book was well written was easily able to put yourself peeking in the window or driving up the snowy mountain.

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    Not reccomended

    Very slow. Only finished book because i paid for it . Would not read another from this auhor again.

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    Land more kind than home

    One of the best books and freshest voices I've found in a long time. Difficult story told around activities of a shady, 'travelling minister' who has set up shop in a small N Carolina town. He preaches and works by his own code including faith by fire and snakes. You'll soon see who the real snake is (no spoiler!). The entire story is skillfully and emotionally narrated as Cash alternates three very different voices; ¹an older religious woman who knows the reverend but has left his church, ²a young boy who is very close to his brother and whose mother attends the church, and, ³the area sheriff. This lets Cash smoothly fill in the backstories and gives special emotional intimacy with these three. Cash illustrates how easily people become desperate to believe and at what cost, how relationships change, and people become willfully-blind. When you let your guard down, evil can walk in. Everyone is vulnerable, unheard or misunderstood, especially children. Patterns often repeat through the generations. However, the repetition can also give opportunities for change, reconciliation. Cash is a skillful, engrossing writer of plot, place, narrative, characters you'll care about. I didn't want this book to end. Was angry when some characters let me down as I 'needed' them to really 'step up' - but these are real people Cash has created. There is real life here, real people with tears, wounds, some change. This book moved me deeply, I highly recommend the read.

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