A Land More Kind Than Home

by Wiley Cash

A Land More Kind Than Home

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Jess Hall, growing up deep in the heart of an unassuming mountain town that believes in protecting its own, is plunged into an adulthood for which he is not prepared when his autistic older brother, Stump, sneaks a look at something he isn't supposed to, which has catastrophic repercussions.

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Critics' Lists: Summer 2012

Lesser-Known Lit: Seeking Summer's Hidden Gems

Wiley Cash's debut novel opens in a hot haze of death and religion — led by the creepy, charismatic and appropriately sibilant preacher Carson Chambliss (the extra "s" is for SIN). Chambliss is a minister in a small Appalachian town, at the River Road Church of Christ in Signs Following. And he's a bad, bad man. Jess Hall is a 9-year-old boy whose mute brother, Stump, has met a mysterious end — after he sees something he shouldn't have. Jess, who's already pretty grown up, has to grow up

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