A Land More Kind Than Home

A Land More Kind Than Home

Book - 2012
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A mesmerizing literary thriller about the bond between two brothers and the evil they face in a small western North Carolina town.
Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780062088147
Branch Call Number: FIC Cash
Characteristics: 309 p.


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Nov 10, 2017

Loved the characters. The "Southern Gothic" here is more about "haunted by poverty and isolation" than "ghosts roaming plantations." My one quibble is that the setting seems to be the 1980's (all that sweating in non-AC spaces) and I didn't think that cooking meth was on anyone's radar back then.

Apr 30, 2017

The setting and storyline were absolutely riveting. The subject matter resonated with me having been raised strictly Christian. But I knew nothing about the genre when it was recommended to me and would have avoided it if I had read the keywords gothic or thriller, to be honest. Very well written though and impossible to put down.

cathyf3 Jan 17, 2016

This is a great book. It explores into a church that practices snake handling. I would consider it a thriller. It shows what a terrible cost an eye for an eye can have on an entire town let alone a family. It is the story of how an evil person can put up a front of being a God fearing person. When in reality he had the ability to make others do terrible deeds in the name of God and religion.
This is southern gothic at its best. Mr. Cash lives in North Carolina.

Nov 21, 2015

It's books like these that give me hope for humanity and belief in God's grace and man's predilection for redemption. It was powerful strong writing and the type of book I can't wait to read again from a whole different perspective. I love country slang and love when people say things like, "It's just down the road a piece." I try to add it to my St. Joe vernacular whenever I can. Wiley Cash makes me want to read Faulkner and Twain in hopes of picking up new lingo. I think I'm as bored with modern English as I am with modern man. Although I do love being able to read books on my phone. It makes it so much easier and less conspicuous to read at work, weddings and funerals.

Aug 05, 2015

A Land More Kind Than Home is a southern gothic tale of good versus evil, cruelty versus innocence and as all the pieces mesh together to form a flawless narrative, the reader is engulfed by this powerful, unforgettable story. This debut novel introduces an author that is able to deliver an inspired, substantial and heart rendering story and shows promising possibilities for his future efforts.

Jul 04, 2015

Beautifully written! The characters' strong voices reverberate well after the story ended.

Jun 01, 2014

This story told from different viewpoints centres around a North Carolina revivalist church and its pastor Carson Chambliss, a man obsessed with snakes and poison and their ability to heal. I found him very creepy and kept shaking my head at the effect he had on his congregation. Julie Hall is smitten with him and his teachings and believes he can heal her mute son. Things go terribly wrong and the fallout descends on all her family. The pace is measured and the narrative from the three viewpoints is easy to follow. The reader is left with questions, and if in a book group, could explore the whys and hows for hours.

Dec 21, 2013


Sep 12, 2013

This was truly one of the best books I've ever read. I was glued to it from start to finish. I'll be waiting for another book from this author and hope it's as good his first.

rosenyny Aug 06, 2013

Excellent prose and dialogue, really well written. The descriptive narration is very compelling and the characters are all interesting. It's a strong story, sad and disturbing but rings true. I loved this book. Highly recommend it.

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