A Land More Kind Than Home
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A Land More Kind Than Home

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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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 309 pages
  • 124.46 x 203.2 x 12.7mm | 136.08g
  • William Morrow & Company
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0062088238
  • 9780062088239
  • 335,181

Review quote

"A Land More Kind Than Home is a powerfully moving debut that reads as if Cormac McCarthy decided to rewrite Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird."--Richmond Times-Dispatchshow more

Back cover copy

For a curious boy like Jess Hall, growing up in Marshall means trouble when you get caught spying on grown-ups. Adventurous and precocious, Jess is 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 repercussions. It's a wrenching event that thrusts Jess into an adulthood for which he's not prepared. He now knows that a new understanding can bring not only danger and evil--but also the possibility of freedom and deliverance. Told by resonant and evocative characters, 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.show more

Review Text

"Mesmerizing . . . only Jess knows why his autistic older brother died on the very day he was taken into the church, and it's his voice that we carry away from this intensely felt and beautifully told story." New York Times Book Reviewshow more

Rating details

17,442 ratings
3.83 out of 5 stars
5 24% (4,192)
4 44% (7,639)
3 25% (4,428)
2 5% (885)
1 2% (298)

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Reads like a movie best book I have read in years can't wait for his next one...Dark Road to Mercy. Shame on you if you don't pick this up!.show more
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