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A stunning debut reminiscent of the beloved novels of John Hart and Tom Franklin, A Land More Kind Than Home is a mesmerizing literary thriller about the bond between two brothers and the evil they face in a small western North Carolina town.

For a curious boy like Jess Hall, growing up in Marshall means trouble when your mother catches you spying on grown-ups. Adventurous and precocious, Jess is enormously protective of his older brother, Christopher, a mute whom everyone calls Stump. Though their mother has warned them not to snoop, Stump can't help sneaking a look at something he's not supposed to—an act that will have catastrophic repercussions, shattering both his world and Jess's. It's a wrenching event that thrusts Jess into an adulthood for which he's not prepared. While there is much about the world that still confuses him, he now knows that a new understanding can bring not only a growing danger and evil—but also the possibility of freedom and deliverance as well.

Told by three resonant and evocative characters—Jess; Adelaide Lyle, the town midwife and moral conscience; and Clem Barefield, a sheriff with his own painful past—A Land More Kind Than Home is a haunting tale of courage in the face of cruelty and the power of love to overcome the darkness that lives in us all. These are masterful portrayals, written with assurance and truth, and they show us the extraordinary promise of this remarkable first novel.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This novel has great cumulative power. Before I knew it I was grabbed by the ankle and pulled into a full-blown Greek tragedy. I didn’t sleep well after I finished it because I kept thinking all childhoods are not the same. Cruelty and innocence dwell together and always will. I can just imagine the intense work—and the love—that has gone into this.”

    Gail Godwin, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Harrowing…Cash adeptly captures the rhythms of Appalachian speech…Has elements of a thriller, but Cash is ultimately interested in how unscrupulous individuals can bend decent people to their own dark ends.”

    Washington Post

  • “A chilling descent into the world of religious frenzy…Compelling, with an elegant structure and a keen eye for detail, matched with compassionate attention to character…Cash’s fine first effort pulls the reader into a shadowy, tormented world where wolves prowl in the guise of sheep.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “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 Reviews

  • “The first thing that struck me about Wiley Cash’s novel is the beautiful prose: The narrative is strong, clean, direct, and economical. He is very familiar with this part of rural North Carolina, its mountains, valleys, rivers, vegetation, and farms. He knows the people—their customs, work habits, religion, everyday lives. Cash is a talented and disciplined young writer, and his first novel proves it. I think this could be the beginning of a long, fruitful career.”

    Ernest J. Gaines, author of A Lesson Before Dying

  • “Cinematic and symphonic…This is a compelling story revealed in a sequence of voices that are as pitch-perfect as they are irresistible. This is a wonderfully impressive debut: tender, muscled, and unforgettable.”

    Rikki Ducornet, author of The Fan-Maker’s Inquisition

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Selected for the May 2012 Indie Next List
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • Selected for the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award
  • One of the 2012 Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books for Fiction
  • A 2012 Kansas City Star Top 100 Book for Mystery/Suspense
  • Winner of the 2012 CWA New Blood Dagger
  • One of the 2012 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Fiction
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About the Author
Author Wiley Cash

Wiley Cash is from western North Carolina, a region that figures prominently in his fiction. He holds a BA in literature from the University of North Carolina at Asheville, an MA in English from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a PhD in English from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He and his wife currently live in West Virginia, where he teaches fiction writing and American literature at Bethany College.