A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash

89%

16 Critic Reviews

As lean and spare as a mountain ballad, Cash’s novel resonates perfectly, so much so that it could easily have been expanded to epic proportions. An evocative work about love, fate and redemption.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

“Bold, daring, graceful, and engrossing.”
—Bobbie Ann Mason

“This book will knock your socks off….A first novel that sings with talent.”
—Clyde Edgerton

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.

 

About Wiley Cash

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Wiley Cash is from western North Carolina. He has a Ph.D in English from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette and teaches English at Bethany College. He lives with his wife in West Virginia. This is his first novel.
 
Published April 17, 2012 by William Morrow. 325 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
Apr 03 2012

As lean and spare as a mountain ballad, Cash’s novel resonates perfectly, so much so that it could easily have been expanded to epic proportions. An evocative work about love, fate and redemption.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Jan 16 2012

compelling, with an elegant structure and a keen eye for detail, matched with compassionate attention to character. The languid atmosphere seduces, and Cash’s fine first effort pulls the reader into a shadowy, tormented world

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The Washington Post

Excellent
Reviewed by Steve Yarbrough on May 08 2012

compelling first novel... Cash adeptly captures the rhythms of Appalachian speech, narrating his atmospheric novel in the voices of three characters

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Boston.com

Below average
Reviewed by Joseph Peschel on May 05 2012

a remarkable tale that falters primarily because two of the narrators... prove less than credible as characters.

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Look At OKC

Excellent
Reviewed by Betty Lytle on Jun 03 2012

a chilling story that isn't easily forgotten... Cash has captured the rural southern dialect perfectly. It is an excellent novel, and I look forward to hearing more from this author.

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The National

Excellent
Reviewed by Paul Muir on Jun 09 2012

Cash captures the nuances of Appalachian speech, giving his debut novel a chilling authenticity.

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Jacksonville.com

Excellent
Reviewed by Elizabeth White on Apr 15 2012

spectacular debut novel... amazingly nuanced development of character... the descriptions of the lives and land are as colorfully painted and fully realized as it gets.

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Richmond Times-Dispatch

Excellent
Reviewed by Doug Childers on Apr 15 2012

riveting debut novel... powerfully moving... the experience... is hard to forget.

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Access Atlanta

Excellent
Reviewed by Gina Webb on May 07 2012

Wiley Cash’s novel embeds a tender coming-of-age story within a suspense-filled thriller... well-defined, distinct voices and subtle, considered details on every page

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Ploughshares Literary Magazine

Excellent
Reviewed by Claire Blechman on Apr 20 2012

a book you will be excited to read... Cash has a solid talent for the oft-neglected arts of tragedy and suspense... an auspicious start for a first novelist.

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Read North Carolina Novels

Excellent
Reviewed by Elizabeth Dubold on May 25 2012

excellent debut novel... Steeped in the history and flavor of the North Carolina mountains, fans of Charles Frazier will find this tale a fulfilling read.

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Jenn's Bookshelves

Good
Reviewed by Jenn on Apr 25 2012

a book I couldn’t put down...The characters will hold a lifelong position in my heart, their story continues to resonate within my soul, weeks after reading the book. Without a doubt, this book will top my list of favorite books of the year. Highly recommended.

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MysteriesEtc

Good
Jun 15 2012

a glorious read... A beautifully written story by an amazing new storyteller that will haunt you for some time to come

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A Lovely Shore Breeze Blog

Good
Reviewed by Caite on Jun 08 2012

a very good book, with a very good setting, great characters and a compelling story that will draw you in and make you hang on until the very last page.

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Notes of Life

Good
Reviewed by Nikki-ann on Mar 04 2012

A Land More Kind Than Home is Wiley Cash’s debut novel and a thoroughly good one at that. It is a gripping read and one that draws the reader in. Recommended!

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The Literary Kitty Blog

Good
Feb 06 2012

One of the best things about Cash’s book is that he gives a real sense of who his characters are – everything is written that that southern way of speaking that brings the dusty, hot mountain town and its inhabitants to life.... gripping, tragic tale

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