A Land More Kind Than Home
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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.

Shortlisted for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize ($25,000): To an author whose debut work—a first novel or collection of short stories published in 2012—represents distinguished literary achievement and suggests great promise.

Title:A Land More Kind Than Home
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:320 pages

    A Land More Kind Than Home Reviews

  • karen
    Feb 21, 2013

    You show me a woman who calls herself a Christian up in these parts, and I'll show you a woman who knows how to heal. It ain't un-Christian to make do when you're poor, I can promise you that. You jus...

  • Florence (Lefty) MacIntosh
    Mar 23, 2013

    A sinister thriller with all the elements you look for in southern gothic. Good versus evil, a tragic morality tale spiced with carnal sin and deceit, its focus the terrible cost to a community when ...

  • Will Byrnes
    Apr 02, 2012

    The title of the book is taken from Thomas Wolfe's You Can’t Go Home Again, referring to death as how we “find a land more kind than home, more large than earth,” so you have to expect some unpl...

  • Lawyer
    Sep 22, 2012

    A Land More Kind Than Home: The Debut Novel of Wiley Cash Wiley CashWiley Cash takes his title from the final lines of You Can't Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe. The epigraph Cash chose sets the tone of...

  • Angela M
    Oct 14, 2014

    I am surprised how quickly I was drawn into this book . I didn't want to read it at first because I thought it might be a bit too dark for me and I wasn't sure if I really wanted to read a story about...

  • Margitte
    Jan 17, 2017

    “and I can tell you God makes us how he needs us to be.” ― Wiley Cash, A Land More Kind Than HomeWhat was there to do for Clem Barefield, the sheriff for twenty-five years of Marshville, in Madi...

  • Zoeytron
    Apr 22, 2014

    What the mute boy sees is unspeakable; what goes on behind the covered windows in that church is unforgivable. How many times have we been told that life isn't fair? 'I've learned to just go ahead and...

  • Perry
    Apr 27, 2012

    Snakes on MontaneRight after reading this in June 2012, I wrote a long review, which I apparently deleted by accident. I waver between 4 and 5 stars. I'd say 4.4. A Land More Kind Than Home was a powe...

  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    May 10, 2013

    You know that feeling of a chill going up your spine when you are reading a really good book? That's what this story was to me.Now don't get me wrong..this book is dark fiction. Not all fairy tales an...

  • ?Julie
    Jul 02, 2015

    This was an absolutely gripping novel that drew me in instantly with its simple yet addictive writing style. I loved the southern setting, the unforgettable characters, the intricate details, and vivi...