A Land More Kind Than Home

A Land More Kind Than Home

by Wiley Cash
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A Land More Kind Than Home 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 203 reviews.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
A different kind of debut book that keeps the reader engaged til the very end! In his debut novel author Wiley Cash tells a chilling tragic tale from the view points of three of the main characters. The first is from Adelaide Lyle, an town's elderly midwife and healer who finds that the things that have been taking place at their local church isn't something that the children should be a part of. When she confronts the pastor, Carson Chambliss, he relents to having the children spend time with her but only if she is willing to keep the secrets of the church to herself. Seeing herself as the children's only protector, she agrees. The second part of the story continues with a young boy named Jess who has an older brother Christopher that was born a mute. Earning the nickname Stump, which the reader will learn about later in the book, the spend their lazy summer days hunting down salamanders and just being boys in Madison County. Everything was going along perfect until Jess and Christopher spied on his mother one day and after that, nothing would ever be the same again. The final part of the book picks up with the local town Sheriff, Clem Barefield, who has a bitter and painful past of his own being a sheriff and resident in the small rural town of Marshall. The reader will learn how this man is interconnected with the case of a lifetime when he's called into investigate a murder. What happens then will completely change everyone's lives forever. I received A Land More Kind Than Home compliments of William Morrow, a division of Harper Collins Publishers for my honest review. This was an interesting story with a unique twist I can't give away but once you begin reading, the story hooks you until the very final page. In all honesty I didn't see how this plot would turn out in the end, and think that Wiley Cash did a masterful job at creating a book that readers will enjoy for his debut. I rate this book a 4 out of 5 stars and for those that love a bit of suspense with their murder mystery in a town that doesn't want to share their secrets, then this is a must read for you.
english_teacher_39yrs More than 1 year ago
This novel kept me up to finish! This is a beautifully narrated book by three and unlikely narrators. The characters are profoundly real, the mystery a moving one, and the answers are not simple when human nature is involved. Faulkner and Flannery O"Connor will rest in their graves knowing that Southern Gothic fiction alive and well in 2012. I just finished The Cove, by Ron Rush, and it was another book I couldn't put down in the same Southern Gothic genre. I cannot wait to see what these wonderful authors write next!
ac123 More than 1 year ago
This author writes smoothly, is talented, and really captures the "southern" way of speaking. I'm sure he's accomplished more than I ever could by writing this book. But, saying that, I find that as a reader I found this book depressing and humorless. The way I personally rate a book is by first asking myself am I filled with satisfaction I've read this book, and second do I think about this book for a time after reading, wanting to go back and reread. The answer to both is no. I'll probably try this author again, given his talent, but I'll buy it in a used book store, and won't pay top rate.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a fantastic book! A little bit Faulkneresque in the sense that the time and place and the characters come alive! Definitely will read whatever Cashs next book is..a great new talent with a strong literary voice!
NYCJW More than 1 year ago
Dark and enigmatic, A LAND MORE KIND THAN HOME, had me captivated from its opening pages. As soon as I heard Adelaide Lyle speak, I knew that Wiley Cash was a talent to be reckoned with. The voices of the three narrators Cash uses to tell this story--Adelaide being my personal favorite--are so hauntingly authentic and vividly rendered that I was immediately reminded of Faulkner. Yes, that is high praise, but it is also due praise, as it is a rare talent that can so perfectly evoke a character or a place. If you love Southern gothic fiction, or literary fiction with a touch of mystery, then I would highly recommend this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I live in the foothills of western North Carolina. I am attracted to novels that take place in this area. Author Wiley Cash has written an excellent story about a mountain boy's viewpoint of circumstances involving his parents and people living near him. I couldnt put it down until I finished it! Mr. Cash reminds me of other favorite authors, Ron Rash and Harper Lee. I have recommended this book to many of my friends and offer the same to other readers. I anticipate future writings of Wiley Cash in the hopefully near future. There will always be stories waiting to be told in the mountains of North Carolina. I rate this book a 5 star. Most sincerely, Anonymous
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love to read, and as an English Literature teacher I am fortunate to be able to share this passion with my students. I read this book in less than two days. I just couldn't put it down! I could barely wait to tell my colleagues and students about it! It is truly the most engaging story I have had the pleasure of reading in quite some time. I look forward to reading this most-talented author's next book. This is definitely a must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing story that kept me involved throughout every chapter. Beautiful, descriptive writing with well developed characters. I love to read about family dynamics and relationships. Also love that it is set in the South!
MrsO More than 1 year ago
I read this wonderful book in 1 day. I kept telling myself that I would read just 5 more pages, and then in those 5 pages something else exciting would happen and I would have to read on to find out how it turned out. Could not put it down. I enjoyed it so much, and look forward to this author's next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sometimes a book comes along that blends all the elements of a tradition of writing with its own unique flavor, a wonderful smoothie. A Land More Kind than Home is that book, in the Southern tradition. Through three fully-developed narrators with unique voices, Cash takes the reader on a journey through his own home, through his own family--all through a window of fictional panes. I couldn't put the book down once I started, and I'd read it again and again. Harper's To Kill a Mockingbird and Carver's What We Talk About When We Talk About Love are the only other books I can honestly say that about. Pretty good company. This is my top pick of 2012 and the paperback to get in 2013.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just finished this last night. I scanned through so many pages just to get to the point. The book had a Great Story Line however it seemd to drag on and on. If I could have asked for a refund I would have after paying 12.99. It was depressing and no uplifitng moments that made you feel good about reading a book. The writing was so blotchy I just lost interest.
TexasTim More than 1 year ago
This book worked for me. The people came alive and the author has some very real talent. I will look forward to the next book he writes. I would like the next novel to be longer; Mr. Cash would for certian have the ability to expand his charecters to their full potential. Now and again you stumble across a book that makes you want more. This is one of them!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was such a pleasure to read this book - much like reading a beautifully crafted painting.  It's easily one of those books that I will read over and over just to revisit it from time to time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A lifestyle not familiar to me but brought to life in this tale.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are not a Southerner, this author will take you home with him and welcome.
BeachgirlAM More than 1 year ago
Loved this book from page 1.
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YoyoMitch More than 1 year ago
Appalachia has produced many good things: a once thriving Native American Culture, untold beauty, corn whiskey that had the good sense to become bourbon, coal, hard-working people who took pride in that work and a legacy of superb story tellers. Fortunately, the latter are becoming more well-known due to the books, short stories, poems and music they produce being published. This novel is a fine example of the craft of story-telling. A beautifully written, intricately woven tale of life with its harsh center intact. Even with all of its beauty and history of “good things,” life in this region has never been easy. Folk have learned to ease the pain of hard work for little pay, menial jobs and family conflict by self-medicating. The typical two methods for this sedation? Chemicals or religion. Both of those substances can be tremendously helpful or just as deadly. Mr. Cash chooses the lesser examined of those numbing products, religion, to highlight how The Promise of “further along, we’ll understand better,” can become a straightjacket of enslavement, lies and manipulation in the hands of a wounded individual intent on damaging others. The story is told over the course of a week’s events from the perspective of three inhabitants of Marshall, N. C.. Jess Hall, the nine-year-old who has been taught “not to spy on grownups,” but his curiosity and protectiveness of his brother, “Stump” (Christopher), begins a current of revelation that will recreate his world. His budding observations about the effects of faith on the actions of “grown-ups” frames the heart of the book: “It was like Mama was lost in the desert and had gotten so thirsty that she was willing to see anything that might make her feel better about being lost. . .. I wondered if it was a sin to think any less of a miracle just because you know it ain’t real.” (p.63) Adelaide Lyle, the “healer” from the hills, who saw her responsibility to protect the children from the goings on at the River Road Church of Christ in Signs Following. “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.” (p. 210). She could not protect all of her charges from fear and superstition, nor heal the injuries caused by those realities. Finally, Clem Barefield, Sheriff of Madison County for 25 years. His commitment to keeping his county safe is rooted in a hard-earned wisdom, “I knew good and well that sometimes you can’t account for the bad things that happen.” (p.91) and a lifetime of observation, “People in these parts can take hold of religion like it’s a drug, and they don’t want to give it up once they’ve got hold of it. It’s like it feeds them, and when they’re on it they’re likely to do anything these little backwoods churches tell them to do.” (p.97) “I’ve learned to just go ahead and take fairness out of the equation. If you do things stand the chance of making a whole lot more sense.” (p.159) All of which is a constant reminder of his inability to make safe those he loves most. What these three bear witness of brings to focus the state of many in the region – everyone wants “better,” will often over-reach or deceive themselves to obtain a shadow of it only to learn that the brass ring they thought they had is really a shackle of pain and enslavement.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read it, kept hoping for something good to happen. Finaliy at the end, the evil pastor was killed. I was nauseated by all the meaness in this story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written, good story.
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3 stars
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Loved this book! Couldn't put it down . I wanted it to go on and on. Look forward to reading more from this author .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All i can say is wow