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A Land More Kind Than Home review - Wiley Cash

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SOUTHERN STORY Cash weaves together the story of a sheriff, a young boy, and a church elder in his sharp Southern lit release

A Land More Kind Than Home

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Wiley Cash
publisher:
William Morrow
genre:
Fiction

We gave it an A-

Cash serves up his absorbing Southern-fried tale potluck-style, with three narrators: Clem Barefield, a rural North Carolina sheriff investigating the mysterious death of a mentally disabled boy; the victim’s 9-year-old brother, Jess Hall, who doesn’t quite comprehend all the grown-up things he’s observed; and Adelaide Lyle, an elder at the church where the tragedy occurred. Cash uses well-placed flashbacks in A Land More Kind Than Home to flesh out his characters (though the shady preacher remains stubbornly one-dimensional) and to illuminate a familiar truth of Southern lit: Many are the ways that fathers fail their sons. A-

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