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A Land More Kind than Home (2012)

de Wiley Cash

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Growing up in a small North Carolina town, Jess Hall is plunged into an adulthood for which he is not prepared when his autistic older brother, Stump, sneaks a look at something he is not supposed to see, which has catastrophic repercussions.
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I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone. I tried and tried to get into it, but was instead repeatedly drawn out of it by ridiculous overly developed metaphors (there were sometimes two or three metaphors in a single run-on sentence). I couldn't stand the characters' redneck voices and so I found myself barely paying attention to the story. After giving up and, a few days later, reading the jacket copy again, I realized that "Jess" a main character was a boy when I had thought he was a girl. Realized the "Ms. Lyle" mentioned repeatedly by Jess was the older lady/midwife that narrated the first section . . . . seriously I was so bored my reading comprehension must have been zilch.

I am not one to put a book down and have slogged my way through some really horrible tomes, but this one was intolerable. I am seriously shocked by the number of good reviews--the reviewers must have greater fortitude than I. ( )
  hlkate | Oct 12, 2020 |
Depressing story but well written. The narrative from different prescriptive was hard to follow up sometimes. Julia's character felt it needed more in depth explanation for her actions. ( )
  hivetrick | Feb 22, 2020 |
A Recommended Read. Wiley Cash’s debut novel A Land More Kind Than Home is a spectacular and powerful story that brings life in rural North Carolina to vibrantly to life. Set in the 1980s, it is an profound tale of dark secrets, a charismatic evangelical minister and the evil that is sometimes wrought in the name of religion. To read my review in its entirety, please visit http://www.bookreviewsandmorebykathy.com/2012/04/19/a-land-more-kind-than-home/ ( )
  kbranfield | Feb 3, 2020 |
Inspired by a news story about faith healing gone awry, there is a decent short story in here, but the author bloats it up to novel length with unnecessary characters and scenes. I feel like I could rip one or two hundred pages out of the middle and still have enjoyed the book just as much as I did. Most of the sheriff's scenes seemed unneeded, as were the scenes with Adelaide past the first chapter.

And the villain of the book was just a one-dimensional stock figure who literally lurked in shadows throughout the book. He reminded me of Boyd Crowder so much that I couldn't get the TV show Justified out of my head while reading, thinking this might have made a decent three-episode arc.

Regardless, I liked the atmosphere of the book, even if it went on too long, the ending was simplistic, and the swerve to make it about fathers and sons was late and unwelcome. Really, I liked it, despite how much I keep criticizing it. ( )
  villemezbrown | Nov 15, 2019 |
Author Wiley Cash lets his debut work, "A Land More Kind Than Home", be told through three distinctly different voices: a young boy, an elderly lady, and a salt-and-pepper sheriff. This dark and disturbing blend of religion, superstition, and manipulation reveals painful human vulnerabilities. Even the most devout believers may have chinks in their armor. The elements of truth in this work of fiction are unsettling, and just as nature has its way in the wild, the weak are culled from the herd. The predator here is a preacher, but is he a man of God, or is he the Devil incarnate? The characters are well-drawn, and the story line is as old as mankind itself. My favorite "voice" was the sheriff, a seasoned lawman with keen Southern sensibilities. The contrasts in the ages and life situations of the three narrators add just the right balance. "Snake handling" and "speaking in tongues" is still a religious practice in parts of the United States. I live in a small town in the VA mountains, and I have heard of churches which partake of these rituals, but they are not located in my home area. "A Land More Kind Than Home" is set in rural North Carolina, and it has a true feel for the land and the people. Wiley Cash is an author to watch, and I hope he continues to tell his tales with a Southern accent.

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  gincam | Sep 9, 2019 |
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A church committed to handling poisonous snakes is the catalyst for tragedy in this debut novel. Pastor Carson Chambliss has a small North Carolina congregation in his thrall. He decides that a laying on of hands will cure an autistic boy, but instead his efforts lead to the boy's death. Cash employs three characters as narrators: Jess, the nine-year-old younger brother; Adelaide Lyle, an aged local midwife; and the county sheriff. Jess' narration is limited by his age and innocence. The county sheriff is taciturn, but Adelaide is voluble, a true southern storyteller, and her narration burnishes a compelling sense of rural place.--Gaughan, Thomas Copyright 2010 Booklist
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