A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash

A beautiful first novel by a writer born in North Carolina, Wiley Cash. It is a story of three generations of the Hall family, who live in western North Carolina, and the people who intersect their lives: Adelaide Lyle, the town midwife, Sheriff Clem Barefield, and the one person who plays a defining role in all their lives, Carson Chambliss, the preacher.  A preacher who speaks in tongues, who tests God will to rid people of evil by having them confront poisonous snakes and who papers over the windows of his church so no one not attending his service can be aware of what transpires inside.

The book is mostly the story of Jess Hall, the son of Bill and Julie Hall and grandson of Jim Hall, but it is the Reverend who sets the story in motion. Jess is very protective of his older brother, Christopher who is a mute and nicknamed ‘Stump ‘. And it is what happens to Stump that will either bring the community of Marshall closer together or forever divide it.

The book is divided into sections, each highlighting one of the main players while still bringing the story forward. It is a fascinating look at a part of our culture that is often ignored in today’s fast paced electronic existence. It is wonderfully written book that makes it easy to predict the author’s continued success.

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2 Responses to “A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash”

  1. Cindy H. Says:

    This was our virtual book club’s first choice. I really enjoyed it. The mood reminded me of the writings of another local author, Michael Parker (who I really love too).

    Wiley Cash came out to Cameron Village for a Meet the Author event in February. He is funny and really gave insight to the background of this book. I look forward to reading more from him.

    Great review. Hope more people pick up on it and his work.

  2. Steve Bank Says:

    Thanks Cindy……I found this a charming book , a little different from my usual fare. I am a big mystery and International intrigue fan. But I have to keep all avenues open.

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