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Review: A Land More Kind Than Home

May 29, 2012

Like a lot of kids, Jess and his mute brother, Christopher (“Stump”), are curious about the world of adults.  They’re not above spying to satisfy their curiosity either.  One day, Stump witnesses something that will change their lives, and their community, forever.

A Land More Kind Than Home, by Wiley Cash, is a superb novel that just oozes atmosphere.  Set in the mountains of western North Carolina, the book tells the story of a region and its people and Cash gets both perfect.  I’ve lived near that part of the country for a while and I appreciated the quality of the dialogue and the sense of place in this wonderful novel.

The story is told from the points of view of Jess, Sheriff Clem Barefield, and Adelaide Lyle, a pillar of the church and the community.  Through their different perspectives, readers are able to piece the story together as they learn of the past and secrets kept.  It’s a story fraught with tension that had me on the edge of my seat.  It’s hard to believe this is Cash’s debut novel, because his writing ranks right up there with the best Southern authors.  This book is sure to be one of my favorites of the year.

I listened to the audio version and thought it was just wonderful.  It’s narrated by Nick Sullivan, Lorna Raver, and Mark Bramhall and they all do a marvelous job.  They get the accents and the rhythm of the area just right.  The audio version lasts about nine hours and the time just flew as I listened to it.

A Land More Kind Than Home is a book you don’t want to miss.  I have a feeling it’s the start of something big for Cash.

Review copy provided by Harper Collins. I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
41 Comments leave one →
  1. May 29, 2012 4:52 am

    Like your review so much.

  2. May 29, 2012 6:43 am

    Sounds like a great read with a well written setting.

  3. sandynawrot permalink
    May 29, 2012 6:47 am

    Totally kicking myself for not listening to the audio, but the reading experience was excellent. This NO DOUBT will be one of my favorites of the year. Viva Wiley!!!

  4. May 29, 2012 6:52 am

    Sounds like a great listen to –I’ll see if the library has the audio. Nice review Kathy.

  5. May 29, 2012 7:44 am

    I love books set in my ome state! This sounds like a keeper!

  6. jennala9 permalink
    May 29, 2012 8:03 am

    Sounds fantastic! I have this from the library right now so I need to get to it soon!

  7. kaye permalink
    May 29, 2012 8:23 am

    I love an author that can impart a sense of place so well that you feel like you are there.

  8. May 29, 2012 8:30 am

    Oh, this one is new to me. I’ll be adding it to my wish list.

  9. zibilee permalink
    May 29, 2012 8:36 am

    I can’t wait to read this one, after you and Sandy have both raved over it. Cash was such a likable fellow, and hen we got the chance to see him, he really got me all excited about this book. Great review today! I will have to try to get to this one soon!

  10. May 29, 2012 9:02 am

    I love audios with multiple narrators. I have to look for this one!

  11. May 29, 2012 9:16 am

    Well … you have totally sold me on this one! Terrific review, Kathy.

  12. May 29, 2012 9:36 am

    sounds good

  13. May 29, 2012 10:09 am

    This book sounds wonderful. I hadn’t heard of it before – I’m going to see if I can find the audio version. Great review!

  14. May 29, 2012 10:44 am

    This sounds like an interesting book, thanks for sharing.

  15. bethbookaholicmom permalink
    May 29, 2012 11:09 am

    This book really wasn’t on my radar but after reading your review, I must read it. I love when a book keeps the reader on the edge of their seat. Great review!

  16. May 29, 2012 11:15 am

    Kathy excellent, enthusiastic review! A strong sense of place is always a welcome aspect in a novel.

  17. May 29, 2012 11:34 am

    I’ve got this on audio as well and look forward to listening!

  18. May 29, 2012 12:11 pm

    I love how multiple narrators are appearing more and more for audiobooks — makes it feel so real!

  19. lab1990 permalink
    May 29, 2012 12:42 pm

    I’m glad the multiple narrators worked…I know it doesn’t sometimes for people. That’s great you really enjoyed it though and yay for the author doing so well on his debut. Wonderful!

    Lauren from

  20. May 29, 2012 1:10 pm

    This sounds perfect for a long road trip. Nothing beats sitting in traffic better than a great story! I hadn’t heard of this one before, but if he is one of the best of the South I should definitely check him out!

  21. May 29, 2012 1:56 pm

    I’m going to have to see if I can get a hold of this one. I really want to read it now.

  22. bookingmama permalink
    May 29, 2012 2:50 pm

    As much as I loved A LAND MORE KIND THAN HOME, I feel like I might be missing out because I didn’t listen to it.

  23. May 29, 2012 2:56 pm

    I think you’re the second reviewer to say that this author has a big career ahead of him. Good to hear!

  24. talesofwhimsy permalink
    May 29, 2012 4:09 pm

    Sounds fantastic.

  25. May 29, 2012 4:52 pm

    I have extra Audible credits just waiting to be used! I think I might try this one.

  26. May 29, 2012 5:33 pm

    This sounds like a wonderful and moving book. Thank you letting me know about it.

  27. May 29, 2012 6:53 pm

    I just started this one today…very good so far!

  28. Staci@LifeintheThumb permalink
    May 29, 2012 8:17 pm

    Sounds wonderful and this title is going on my wish list at!! I love Southern novels!

  29. May 29, 2012 8:32 pm

    This sounds really good, and it’s good to know that the author gets the setting right.

  30. May 29, 2012 11:07 pm

    I remember seeing this cover somewhere else, but I’m not quite sure where. I’m glad to see that you think it’s so good!

  31. May 30, 2012 12:42 am

    Hi Kathy,

    This sounds like a great story and your review was excellent, you really sold it to me.

    I love it when an author really gets to grips with enhancing the authenticity of an area and the mannerisms of its indigenous inhabitants, as well as you say that this author has.

    Mind you, it only works if it is done well, so many authors try to be clever without having done their research and then it is all really doomed to failure for me.

    Another for the reading list I fear!

    Thanks for the recommendation,


  32. Veens permalink
    May 30, 2012 3:29 am

    Sounds like a great book! Adding this to my TBR!

  33. May 30, 2012 7:20 am

    I remember hearing about this book and the good reviews around it. I should look it up.

  34. May 30, 2012 7:34 am

    I have this book and look forward to a visit to the South. So glad to see you loved it.

  35. May 30, 2012 2:26 pm

    It truly sounds wonderful.

  36. May 30, 2012 6:22 pm

    This is a wonderful review, Kathy. And you’ve made me so excited because this book is sitting on my shelf! I’ll definitely read it this summer.

  37. May 30, 2012 10:59 pm

    Wow. That’s quite a rave. Isn’t it awesome when you discover a new author who you know will make it big? This looks great.

  38. June 1, 2012 1:48 am

    A great review of a fantastic book!

  39. June 2, 2012 7:12 am

    At this point I’m waiting for someone to NOT like this book.

  40. June 5, 2012 12:31 am

    This sound like a wonderful book! Great review!

  41. boardinginmyforties permalink
    June 25, 2012 12:14 am

    I have to read this one. You and Sandy from You Gotta Read This have both given it a great review and I trust your opinions!

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