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A land more kind than home

A land more kind than home

Cash, Wiley

One Sunday, nine-year-old Jess Hall watches in horror as his autistic brother is smothered during a healing service in the mountains of North Carolina. Wiley Cash uses this haunting image - inspired by a horrific true event - to bring us this story about cruelty and innocence, and the failure of faith and family to protect a child

Hardback, Book. English. General.
Published London: Doubleday, 2012
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Statement of responsibility: Wiley Cash
ISBN: 0857520806, 1446497127, 9780857520807, 9781446497128
Physical Description: 306 p. ; 25 cm.
Subject: North Carolina Fiction.

Author note

Wiley Cash is a native of western North Carolina, a region that features prominently in his fiction. This is his first novel, and was inspired by a true story. He and his wife live in West Virginia where he teaches fiction writing and American literature.A Land more Kind than Homeis the winner of the CWA John Creasey Award for Best First Novel 2102. Find out more at


I think this could be the beginning of a long, fruitful career||One of the most powerful novels I have ever read||Electrifying debut
Financial Times||Cash's debut novel (A Land More Kind Than Home) is a chilling descent into the world of religious frenzy in small town North Carolina. The languid atmosphere seduces, and Cash's fine first effort pulls the reader into a shadowy, tormented world where wolves prowl in the guise of sheep
Publishers' Weekly||Mesmerizing first novel... intensely felt and beautifully told
The New York Times

Back cover copy

'People out in these parts can take hold of religion like it's a drug, and they don't want to give it up once they've got hold of it. It's like it feeds them, and when they're on it they're likely to do anything these little backwoods churches tell them to do.

Then they'll turn right around and kill each other.'